Even though Mitt Romney doesn’t intend to take a “management position” in San Diego’s and Tijuana’s bi-national bid for the 2024 Olympics, the former Republican Presidential Nominee sat down with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner earlier this week to lend his consulting talents to the effort.
“I had the opportunity to spend some time yesterday with Governor Romney who is now living here in San Diego, and he will be an adviser to our bid,” Filner said at a city council meeting. “He has graciously talked about it.”
Filner joked that Romney was incredibly friendly despite not coming across that way on television, and added that’s Romney’s work with the 2002 Salt Lake City Games – America’s last turn hosting the Olympics – make him the ideal person to provide advice to the committee as they move forward.
Romney is credited with effectively saving the 2002 Games financially by reorganizing the leadership, fixing the budget, raising funds, lobbying Congress, strengthening security after 9/11, and becoming a public face for the Olympics after he joined the Salt Lake team as President and CEO in 1999.
Ryan Lochte will be summoned to attend a criminal hearing in Brazil regarding his Rio de Janeiro gas station incident from Aug. 14, according to NBC News.
“A formal summons is expected to be sent to the U.S. asking for help in bringing Lochte to Brazil. If Lochte does not show up, the process, we’re told, will continue, where he could be charged by the public prosecutor and likely convicted in Brazil,” was reported on MSNBC on Thursday.
Lochte has said he “over-exaggerated” his original story that a gun was pointed at his head during a robbery at a gas station.
Lochte’s full interview with Matt Lauer that aired during NBC’s Olympic coverage last weekend is here.
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Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski sold the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to raise funds for a 3-year-old boy fighting eye cancer.
In an online auction, Polish billionaire siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk bid an amount large enough to cover 3-year-old Olek Szymanski‘s treatment for retinoblastoma in New York, according to Malachowski’s Facebook page and media reports.
Malachowski’s gesture is reminiscent of Polish swimmer Otylia Jędrzejczak, who sold her gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics to raise money to help children with leukemia.
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