Boston gets serious about 2024 Olympic bid

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After being chosen as a potential host for the 2024 Olympics, Boston’s committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development is set to meet in Beacon Hill May 7 to discuss forming a commission that will examine the logistics of hosting the Games.

This is announcement is a great sign for the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee, whose members have been angling to bring the Games to their hometown for nearly a year against criticism from city officials like Mayor Tom Menino, who last month called the idea “far-fetched.”

“What began as two strangers meeting over a shared dream has grown to a group of 40-strong, dedicated to realizing the Olympic Movement in New England,” the BOEC stated. “In the months ahead, the Boston 2024 Exploratory Committee will evaluate the viability of hosting the Games. There’s much work to be done if we are to succeed, but we’re up for the challenge and beyond excited to get started.”

If put into action, the nine-member group would be commissioned to consider the city’s infrastructure, transportation, and hospitality, as well as venue locations, budgets, and obviously plenty of other factors.

State senator Eileen Donoghue, who filed the bill to create the commission, admitted that things are still in the early, early stages, but told Boston Magazine that she looks “forward to fully exploring this idea.”

Jim Craig: Minor changes, but no hesitation, in second ‘Miracle’ sale

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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.

VIDEO: Which Miracle item is toughest for Craig to sell?

Christie Rampone not at fitness level to compete for Olympic spot

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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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