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Munich moves forward with 2022 Olympic bid

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Munich’s goal is clear: to be the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Germany’s third-largest city is moving ahead with its plans to bid on the 2022 Winter Olympics, the German Olympic Sports Confederation said in a statement Monday.

Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, highlighted by Mark Spitz‘s record seven swimming gold medals. The Games were struck by tragedy when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were held hostage in the Olympic village and killed by the Palestinian group Black September.

Munich was beaten by Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games. It must formally bid by the International Olympic Committee’s deadline Nov. 14.

The mountain events would likely be held in nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen, an hour south of Munich, which hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics. The trend of Winter Olympics to be held in major cities near mountains makes Munich a better option than for Garmisch-Partenkirchen to bid again.

The only official bid for 2022 so far is from Almaty, Kazakhstan, but other European cities, including Barcelona and Oslo, have expressed interest. The U.S. will not bid for the 2022 Olympics.

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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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