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Royals surprised by queen during Opening Ceremony

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So far we’ve learned two things from London 2012 chairman and two-time 1500m gold medalist Sebastian Coe’s autobiography: the queen is excellent at keeping secrets and no one in the royal family is reading OlympicTalk… like at all.

In “Running My Life,” which we assume is brimming with modesty and understatement, Coe recounts sitting with the Royals during London’s Opening Ceremony and enjoying their surprise at seeing the queen and James Bond on screen together.

“With the corgis racing up what were obviously very familiar stairs, Prince Charles looked at me and began laughing rather nervously, wondering where on earth this was going,” Coe writes in the book, due out Nov. 8. “But the moment she turned around, and everyone realized, ‘My God! It really is the Queen!’ he began roaring with laughter.” Then Will and Henry apparently shouted “Go granny!” as her double leapt from the helicopter high above the stadium.

We admittedly didn’t know exactly how the queen would be involved in video (rumors included Bond being knighted), but we detailed her involvement a couple times before the Games, so we can only assume Prince Charles doesn’t have his priorities straight when it comes to online Olympic reading.

The three-hour shoot took place back in March in Queen Elizabeth II’s private study and involved more than 130 crew members, as well as Daniel Craig, who was near completion on the new Bond film, “Skyfall.”

If you missed the queen’s appearance you can see it here in all its glory:

Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues approved for new sports

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Tokyo 2020 venues for the new Olympic sports of baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were approved by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

That brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 venues to 39, with the potential for more.

The venues for new sports:

Baseball/softball — Yokohama Stadium (20 miles south of Tokyo)
Karate — Nippon Budokan
Skateboarding and Sport Climbing — Aomi Urban Sports Venue
Surfing — Tsurigasaki Beach

All of the new sports do not currently have a spot on the Olympic program beyond 2020 (baseball and softball were previously on the Olympic program before being taken off after Beijing 2008).

Agenda 2020 reforms allowed Olympic host cities to propose the addition of sports for their Games only, which is what Tokyo 2020 did to get them on the program.

The Tokyo Olympic venues are split between two zones — the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone — that are separated by the Olympic Village.

Tokyo 2020 and FIFA are still discussing the finalization of soccer venues. There are currently six, including two in Tokyo and one as far away as Sapporo (650 miles north).

Tokyo 2020 and the World Baseball Softball Confederation are still discussing the potential of adding a second baseball-softball venue in Fukushima prefecture, the site of 2011 nuclear plant meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami. Fukushima is about 150 miles north of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants and several MLB and World Baseball Classic games, is not a 2020 Olympic venue.

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Comcast, U.S. Olympic Committee sign partnership through 2020 Olympics

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Comcast and the U.S. Olympic Committee signed an agreement making Comcast an official partner of the USOC through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The deal allows Comcast and its brands to use Team USA marks in advertising and marketing, including the Olympic Rings.

More information is in this Comcast press release.

Comcast NBC Universal holds the U.S. media rights for the Olympics through 2032.

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