For the USOC, It’s time to get serious about bringing the Olympics back to American soil.
The USOC held a meeting Thursday regarding the 2024 and 2026 Games, and said it will start exploring which Olympics they’ll prepare to go all-in on, and which city will get its support.
“We’re going to view 2013 as more informational, if you will,” CEO Scott Blackmun told the Associated Press. “We’ll be smarter at the end of the year than we are in the beginning. But we don’t expect to make substantive announcements in 2013.”
Los Angeles, Dallas, and Tulsa have all expressed strong interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Games, with New York, San Francisco, and Chicago also seemingly interested after recent failed bids.
Salt Lake City, which in 2002 was the last city to host an American Olympics, wants another winter go ’round in 2026, and could do it at a low cost since it already has most of the necessary venues and infrastructure in place, but Reno/Tahoe and Denver also want to host.
Whichever city gets the go-ahead, the USOC would like to make the domestic battle in-expensive. Chicago spent roughly $10 million in the lead up to being the first city eliminated as host of the 2016 Games.
“We definitely recognize that we want to have a more cost-effective process this time around than we’ve had in the past. It needs to be a little more informal, a little less expensive.”
Liang Chow, former coach of 2008 and 2012 Olympic champions Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas, hopes to return to the Games with a new gymnast in Rio.
Chow’s current group includes three recent members of U.S. junior and senior national teams — Norah Flatley, Rachel Gowey and Victoria Nguyen (who is too young for Rio).
However, none of the 14 current U.S. senior national team members train under Chow. Ultimately, the five-woman U.S. Olympic team will be named in July.
In the above NBC News profile, Chow discusses immigrating to the U.S. from China in 1991 and opening his gym in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Plus, Flatley, Gowey and Nguyen discuss being coached by Chow.
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Four Russians who won gold medals at the Sochi Olympics were on steroids at the time, a whistleblower who previously provided evidence of Russian track and field doping said, according to CBSNews.com.
The report doesn’t name the athletes or their sports. Nor does it say any of the athletes failed drug tests.
A “60 Minutes” piece on Russian doping will air Sunday on CBS between 7 and 8 p.m. ET. An excerpt will air on CBS Evening News on Friday between 6:30 and 7 ET.
The whistleblower is Vitaly Stepanov, a former Russian anti-doping official who, along with wife and former Russian 800m runner Yulia Stepanova, provided a 2014 German TV documentary undercover footage and evidence of Russian track and field doping.
Russia’s track and field federation was banned from competition in November. The suspension could last through the Rio Olympics.
The “60 Minutes” report cites Stepanov learning of Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics from Grigory Rodchenkov, former director of a Moscow drug-testing lab that was stripped of its accreditation by the World Anti-Doping Agency in April.
In a November WADA independent commission report, Rodchenkov was alleged to have requested and accepted money to conceal positive drug tests. He immediately resigned.
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