It appears Johnny Weir‘s Olympic figure skating career is over.
The two-time Olympian did not register for a qualifying event for the U.S. Championships by a Sept. 1 deadline, U.S. Figure Skating confirmed. The Associated Press first reported the news.
The Olympic team will be selected from the U.S. Championships in Boston beginning Jan. 9. Two U.S. men will make the team for the Olympics in February.
Weir, 29, a three-time U.S. champion, can’t receive a bye into nationals, either. Only figure skaters who placed in the top five at the 2013 nationals or medaled at the 2010 Olympics or 2013 World Championships are eligible for byes, according to the AP.
Weir’s last competition was the Rostelecom Cup in November in Russia, where he withdrew due to injury. He has sparingly competed since the Vancouver Olympics, where he placed sixth. Weir was fifth at the 2006 Olympics and won bronze at the 2008 World Championships.
Even if Weir returned to competition this season, he would have been at best an outside hope at making the Olympic team behind the likes of 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott and Ross Miner, Josh Farris, Adam Rippon and Richard Dornbush.
Weir’s old rival, Lysacek, has not competed since the 2010 Olympics. The Grand Prix season starts with Skate America, Oct. 18-20, where Aaron, Lysacek and Rippon are entered. Lysacek withdrew from the U.S. International Classic last week with a slight abdominal tear. Aaron won the event.
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“I think there’s something special about Aspen,” Mikaela Shiffrin told NBC after winning two slalom races in as many days.
After Saturday’s history-making win, when Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in the U.S. and was the first American woman to win a slalom race at the Aspen World Cup stop, the twenty-year-old won again by a large margin. After winning by 3:07 seconds on Saturday, Shiffrin told reporters, “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”
But on Sunday her lead over the second place finisher, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, wasn’t much shorter: 2:65 seconds. And this was with an early mistake that left her off balance for a moment in her final run.
In third place was Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic.
This weekend also saw a podium finish for American Travis Ganong. Racing the downhill event at Lake Louise yesterday, Ganong finished third behind Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who is recovering from an Achilles injury that prevented him from competing the majority of the last season, and Peter Fill of Norway. Ganong cAksel Lund Svindal of Norwayouldn’t quite repeat his success in the Super G event on Sunday, finishing fourth.
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Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.
If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.
Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”
A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.
The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.
The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.