Vienna plans to bid for 2024 Olympics

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There are days when it seems like the opportunity to host the Olympics is as competitive as the events themselves. If that’s true, the 2024 Olympics are the equivalent to the Super Bowl.

Paris, Nairobi, Qatar, Berlin, Baku, Rome, Toronto, Dubai, and eight U.S. cities are all vying to host.

Well, now you can throw Vienna on the list after the Austrian Olympic Committee (OeOC) announced its intentions to bid for the Games Wednesday.

“London 2012 was an impressive example of what effect the Summer Games can have,” OeOC secretary general Peter Mennel told Reuters. “The necessary infrastructure work has a long term effect on the development of grass roots and especially top-level sports because of the improved training options.”

Committee President Karl Stoss seemed surprised by the news, but said he’d be happy to back any bid that could be financially successful, so long as the country felt it had the necessary infrastructure in place.

Austria has hosted the Winter Games twice, in Innsbruck in 1964 and ’76, but has never hosted a Summer Games, likely because they’re not really summer folks: Austria failed to the medal in London this summer.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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