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Private group pushing for Boston bid in 2024

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Of the 35 cities that received the IOC’s letter asking if they’d be interested in hosting the 2024 Olympics, most assume it’s down to New York and Los Angeles, and maybe Dallas, now that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his city isn’t interested after losing out on the 2016 Games.

But a private group calling themselves the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee is showing significant interest in hosting the Olympics, and even met with City Hall officials Monday. Now they’re seeking support from Mayor Thomas M. Menino before to moving forward.

“What we want is a green light to pursue this for, say, five months, and see how far we get,” committee chairman Eric Reddy told the Boston Globe. “We would form a [non-profit organization] and begin to seek donations.”

Reddy said the group, which is meeting again Tuesday, is keeping a low profile for now while they work out the initial kinks. They’re evaluating whether the city can support the necessary infrastructure improvements needed before the Games come to town, estimated at tens of billions of dollars.

“This is a legitimately crazy idea I’m presenting,” Reddy explained. “But someone is going to win this, and Boston has a lot to offer.”

Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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