Construction of the Rio Olympic golf course has been blocked due to a legal dispute regarding ownership of the site’s land, but Rio organizers said in a statement Thursday that they are confident “all deadlines for the golf course construction will be met” and that the delay won’t affect scheduled test events.
“Construction hasn’t started but that is not to say that work hasn’t been done,” International Golf Federation VP Ty Votaw told the AP. “Work has begun on a number of fronts, including the course design and the clubhouse project. A number of things have already been done behind the scenes.”
The dispute over ownership of the land will basically start over in appeals court after Brazil’s Higher Court of Justice said a Rio tribunal was wrong in denying an appeal to company Elmway Participacoes against entrepreneur Pasquale Mauro. The city claims Mauro has shown documentation to prove ownership.
American designer Gil Hanse had planned to start working on the site this month, and told the Washington Post that any changes to the location of the course will cause significant design changes.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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