Istanbul Mayor concerned protests could derail Olympics bid

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With the IOC’s decision on which city will host the Games in 2020 drawing closer, Istanbul’s Mayor Kadir Topbas warned his citizens Monday that the ongoing protests could derail years of work and effort put toward bidding on the Olympics.

“We have now entered the final stages of the 2020 Olympic [bidding],” Mayor Topbas pleaded through the media Monday. “If these [protests] continue and there are problems, the 2020 Games will be nothing but a dream. [Turkey] stands to lose, Istanbul stands to lose. We all know who will gain.”

Istanbul’s Olympic officials have said that the IOC members are understanding of the events in Turkey, and of a timeline that still puts us seven years away from the Games. They don’t believe it will have any bearing on Turkey’s fifth bid to host the Olympics in the last six cycles, dating back to 1996.

But other anonymous IOC members admitted that the protests have been a “big blow” to Turkey’s bid, and that Tokyo has now hopped into the driver’s seat. The IOC will vote on which city – Tokyo, Istanbul, or Madrid – will win the honor of hosting at a meeting September 7 in Buenos Aires.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s slalom at 3:30 P.M. ET

Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin
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Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn will take on slalom today at the Aspen World Cup stop, airing today at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and stream on NBC Sports Live Extra at the same time.

Shiffrin is seeking her first win on U.S. snow; all of her first place finishes have come from European venues. She has 14 slalom World Cup titles and winning one more would tie her with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall for total slalom World Cup victories.

Vonn can only increase her record World Cup wins – she has the most at 67 wins, and only Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark has more at 86 men’s wins. Of all her titles, the fewest have come from slalom at two.

Yesterday, both Vonn and Shiffrin suffered crashes in grand slalom races.


WATCH LIVE: World Cup men’s downhill – 1:30 p.m. ET

Aksel Lund Svindal
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Before missing the downhill World Cup last year due to injury, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the title in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Today, he may become just the eighth man to win this World Cup title at least three times, but he faces competition from countryman Kjetil Jansrud, who won last year’s title in Svindal’s absence.

The World Cup men’s  downhill at Lake Louise is streaming today at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.

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