Olympics: Closing Ceremony

Germany preparing to bid in 2022, 2024

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We’ve heard rumors that Nairobi, Paris, Toronto, Doha, Dubai, and just about every relatively large American city including Tulsa and Milwaukee is considering tossing in their bids for some upcoming Olympic Games. Well, you can now throw Berlin and Hamburg down on the list, too.

Germany, which last hosted the 1972 Games that were marred by the tragedy of the Munich Massacre, is looking at bids for 2022 and 2024. Its Olympic committee will need to decide which year and which city is mostly likely to win after missing out in 2000 (Berlin), 2012 (Leipzig), and 2018 (Munich).

“Conditions for good chances would be wide support from the local population,” Thomas Bach, head of Germany’s Olympic committee and an IOC VP, told Reuters. “The second condition is that you have bi-partisan support, coupled with the appropriate financial pledges for the bid itself and for the Games.”

Madrid, one of three cities still in the running for the 2020 Games, would hamper Germany’s chances if it won its bid, since the IOC would be unlikely to go with European cities in back-to-back Olympics, especially given the growing international options (see: Milwaukee).

Tokyo and Istanbul are the other cities vying for the 2020 bid, which will be voted on next September.

Ex-Canadian Olympic Committee president sorry for behavior, quits law firm

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MONTREAL (AP) — Former Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut has apologized for his behavior amid allegations he sexually harassed several women.

He said in a statement Friday he has been “living in turmoil,” offering “unreserved apologies” from the “bottom of my heart” to all who have been hurt by his conduct. The 67-year-old Aubut adds he is leaving his BCF law firm and seeking counseling.

Aubut resigned as Canadian Olympic Committee president last weekend after women accused him of sexual comments and unwanted touching. Interim president Tricia Smith has said the organization’s board was not aware of “any specific interactions that would be construed as harassment.”

Aubut was CEO of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques until the team moved to Colorado in 1995. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

MORE: Canada sets Rio 2016 medals goal

Magnificent Seven reunion in the works

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Magnificent Seven teammates had a message for team captain Amanda Borden after they won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

“You have to get us back together,” Borden remembered in a phone interview Friday.

Reunions have been rare in the last 15 years, but Borden said she’s been in contact with all of her teammates to arrange at least one get-together in 2016 to mark the 20-year anniversary of their Olympic triumph.

“It’s easier said than done,” said Borden, who owns two Phoenix-area gyms with her husband and has three children. “I know every one of us really wants to make it happen. We are definitely doing it. It’s just a matter of if all of us can be there.”

It may happen in Atlanta. It may be at a USA Gymnastics event, such as the Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., in July. It may be somewhere less visible, such as a warm beach.

It probably won’t happen in Rio de Janeiro, because it’s hard to coordinate the schedules of all seven women for an event abroad, even though some will be at the Olympics anyway.

Borden and Kerri Strug said they don’t remember all seven members of the team being together since 2008, the year the Magnificent Seven shared a stage for a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction (photo here).

“[Borden] has put out the feelers; it seems like we’re on board,” Strug said while in New York last month for an Epson “Swimming in Ink” event with U.S. synchronized swimmers. “Do we want to do a cruise or take a vacation?”

The other Magnificent Seven team members were Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon MillerDominique Moceanu and Jaycie Phelps.

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