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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.”

Inside Liang Chow’s gymnastics center (video)

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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 FlatleyRachel 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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Whistleblower: Four Russian Olympic champs in Sochi were on steroids

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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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