Madrid citizens in full support of Olympic bid

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As Madrid preps for the IOC to come evaluate its potential as an Olympic host city next week, spirits are high despite the financial woes that have plagued the country’s economy in recent years.

In fact, the Olympics have garnered overwhelming support from the country’s citizens, as a new poll shows that 83 percent of Madrid, and 76 percent of Spain, believe the Games will have a positive impact on the country’s current situation.

“The most encouraging statistic is that 90 percent of people aged under-35 favor the bid,” said Spanish Olympic committee head Alejandro Blanco. “This shows that it is a bid looking to the future and young people see it as the best way to help the country towards economic recovery.”

Blanco also claims that Madrid will bring the most “realistic” bid to the IOC’s table before they vote in September, which will leave “the best legacy for the city, the country, and the Olympic movement.”

With 28 of the 35 venues already standing, the cost for a Madrid Olympics is estimated below $2 billion, which is less than half that of Tokyo’s $4.5 billion budget, and nowhere near Istanbul’s $19 billion earmarked for venues and government infrastructure projects.

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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