“They have said publicly that our bid was highly professional, and they still believe that,” Sanders added. During the meeting, the delegation made a detailed review of the bid package city officials submitted in June and left a 75-page questionnaire that must be filled out by September. After the questionnaire, the USOC will ask for a bid book from the cities it wants to continue in the process. The books will detail a variety of issues and are similar to the ones provided to the International Olympic Committee during the final selection for host cities. The USOC is expected to make a decision by the end of the year if it will support a bid for the 2016 Olympics, and it will announce its city of choice by March. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city for the 2016 games in 2009. The 2008 Olympics are planned for Beijing, and the 2012 Games set for London. L.A. hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984, and civic leaders hope those successful games will convince the USOC that the region deserves a third Olympics. “We would want nothing more than to set the stage for individuals from all over the world to showcase their talents and abilities,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. “And after today’s meeting, we still remain very hopeful that is a possibility. This meeting was another step in the process in our quest to (be the) host city of the 2016 Games.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the potential nominees down to three, a team representing the U.S. Olympic Committee spent 2 1/2 hours Friday scrutinizing Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and key members of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, the USOC delegation critiqued the city’s facilities and finances to try to boost its bid to host the Summer Games a third time. “We had a very cordial meeting and a good constructive working session,” said Barry Sanders, head of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. “We feel committed to going forward and we’re excited. We anticipate proceeding right up to the point that they tell us no.” Los Angeles was the final stop for a three-person team from the USOC that included experts on venues and finance as well as Bob Ctvrtlik, the committee’s vice president for international relations. The USOC met earlier this week with representatives from Chicago and San Francisco for similar critiques. Ctvrtlik told the Associated Press on Thursday that the meetings are designed to give detailed feedback and help craft the best possible bid. He said he and the two consultants would be concrete and critical when they sat down with all three cities. Sanders declined to discuss the delegation’s comments, but said the USOC considers L.A.’s bid the most complete because the region already has most of the modern sports facilities required.