Beijing organizers essentially shouted Chinese culture at their worldwide audience in 2008, spending $67 billion on the Olympics while presumably using “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” as the punch line of every meeting they held leading up to the Games.
On the other hand, London, seemingly content not competing against Beijing’s incredible spectacle, aimed to only spend about $15 billion – or less than a quarter of what the previous Olympics cost.
Somehow they still came in under budget.
“The work of the construction and delivery teams, from the ODA and LOCOG, has set a very high standard,” said sports minister Hugh Robertson of the somewhat abnormal surplus. “I have no doubt that London 2012 has set a new benchmark for the management of Olympic and Paralympic Games in future.”
LOCOG ended up with about $603 million left over when all was said and done, which is great news for the London Legacy Development Corporation since it plans to spend $467 million of that on redeveloping the now four month old Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.
The update to what will essentially be a U.K. sports version of Disneyland will keep the aquatics, cycling, basketball, and handball venues intact, and will also include 2,818 new houses and apartments in five neighborhoods, as well as three schools, three health centers, nine nurseries, and a library.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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ROME (AP) — Rome’s city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi‘s rejection of the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The motion is expected to pass easily since Raggi’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement holds a majority on the city council.
Raggi announced her formal opposition of the candidacy in a news conference last week, citing concerns over high costs given the city is barely able to have its trash picked up.
Raggi’s rejection occurred four years after then-Premier Mario Monti stopped Rome’s plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of financial concerns.
If the motion is approved, it would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for 2024. The International Olympic Committee will decide on the host city in September 2017.
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