Seattle contemplating a 2024 Games bid

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Along with L.A., San Francisco, Dallas, Tulsa, and maybe Boston, officials in Seattle have answered the USOC’s call and, at the request of Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Sports Commission plans to talk with the USOC about the city’s potential as an Olympic host for the 2024 Games.

“Our answer is yes, and we’re interested in finding out what the next steps are,” Ralph Morton, SSC executive director, told SeattlePI.com.

“It’s a fun discussion. It’s a long discussion, and it will be a thoughtful one. It will ultimately be looked at like a business decision — what is affordable and what is feasible.”

Morton said the SSC wants to keep talks informal, just until they figure out exactly what they’re getting into. But he believes that already standing venues could be upgraded instead of built from scratch, to keep costs down. And that the lasting legacy an Olympics provides a city would be worth the expense.

“Seattle is a world-class city. This is a city that is growing and going places,” Morton added. “We’re a little bit isolated out here, but it’s a happening place.”

Nathan Chen holds off Yuzuru Hanyu to win first Grand Prix

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U.S. champion Nathan Chen opened the Grand Prix season by beating Olympic gold-medal favorite Yuzuru Hanyu.

Chen, 18, held off Hanyu at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, totaling 293.79 points to win by 3.02 over the Japanese megastar. Full scores are here.

Chen landed four quadruple jumps in a strong but imperfect free skate for his first Grand Prix title in his second senior international season.

Hanyu outscored Chen in the free skate, but the American benefited from his 5.69-point lead from Friday’s short program.

Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, has never won his opening Grand Prix start in eight tries.

He did three quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate rather than the planned five, but did not fall as he did in the short program.

Chen has now outscored Hanyu in three of their last four head-to-head events dating to February.

The Rostelecom Cup free dance and pairs and women’s free skates are later Saturday.

A full Rostelecom Cup broadcast schedule is here.

The Grand Prix season continues next weekend with Skate Canada, headlined by three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.

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Olympic ski cross champion suffers serious knee injury

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Canadian Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic and World Cup ski cross champion, ruptured an ACL and MCL in a training crash in Switzerland.

Alpine Canada did not say when the accident happened or what Thompson’s chances are of returning to defend her Olympic title in PyeongChang.

Thompson flew from Switzerland to Vancouver for an MRI that confirmed the injury.

“I’ll be making a plan with my team moving forward and when the time is right getting back on the ski cross course stronger than ever,” Thompson said in a press release.

Thompson, 25, tore a meniscus in January 2015 and returned to competition 11 months later. She won seven of the 13 World Cup races last season.

Other Olympic medal contenders include Swede Sandra Näslund and Swiss Fanny Smith.

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