Because no one understands the difference between a prank and just lying on April Fools Day, a University of Hawaii news site reported Monday that Honolulu is planning to submit a bid for the 2024 Olympics. Totally hilarious.
The story claimed that Mayor Pete Carlisle – who is the real mayor of Honolulu – said, “If the IOC is interested in making a non-traditional choice for 2024, we think Honolulu is the city to beat.”
Which I guess is a joke… kind of. I mean, it fooled some semi-legitimate news sources. But that statement actually makes sense, and got me thinking: Why not Honolulu for the 2024 Olympics? The USOC didn’t send one of its 35 letters to Honolulu, but who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii for the Games? And, as a go-to tourist destination, what amenities do they not already have available?
The USOC’s requirements to host the Games include 45,000 hotel rooms (check), an international airport (boom), a workforce of more than 200,000 people (probably), and public transit (we’ve got a decade). But Hawaii could probably win the 2024 Olympics bid based simply on perfect weather, a location people already want to go to, and places to play sports in public. And we could add surfing.
The story also argued that places like London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris were “hogging” all the Games, and it’s time to give other cities a chance. Like Honolulu (also: Istanbul). Which seems fair.
So Phoenix still gets my vote, mostly for being the location of my birth and the best place to watch a sporting event in America. But once everyone shoots me down for it being too hot, I think the next logical decision is Honolulu. Who’s with me?
It has been 300 days since Jim Craig first announced he would sell a bundle of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia, including his gold medal, for $5.7 million.
They didn’t sell last year. So he took most of the items in the original bundle and is splitting them up in an auction that runs though June 17.
On Tuesday, Craig said he had no thoughts about keeping the most precious items in the 10 months in between sales.
“We wanted to sell an entire collection to a person that would have the financial means to be able to display it, hopefully that everybody would be able to come and enjoy it like they have the last 35 years,” Craig said. “It’s a lot better than being tucked in a closet.”
There are a few items from the original bundle that Craig decided not to auction this time around — a 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year trophy, two watches that he gave to his kids and an Olympic ring.
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Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.
Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.
The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.
“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”
Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.
The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).
The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.
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