Joining the already enthusiastic citizens of Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, and possibly Tulsa and Boston, the city of Philadelphia is considering a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Mayor Michael Nutter took his sweet time responding to a letter from the IOC that was sent to 35 potential American host cities back in February, but seemed excited about the prospect of bringing the Games to the City of Brotherly Love.
“The Philadelphia region has enthusiastically embraced the prospect of bidding on and hosting a future Olympic Games,” Nutter said in a statement. “We look forward with great anticipation to the opportunity to work with the USOC on this project.”
The USOC will take the next two years to comb through the potential bids to see which one has the best chance of winning. The U.S. hasn’t hosted an Olympics since Salt Lake in 2002, and Philly last bid for the Olympics back in 1956, when it finished eighth in the voting.
British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.
Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”
Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.
If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.
It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.
At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.
An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.
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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.
It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.
Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.
Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.
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