Barcelona will not become the first city to host a Summer and Winter Olympics in 2022, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.
The newspaper quoted Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias saying a decision had not been made yet on Friday, but that sources told the newspaper an official announcement ending the possible bid city campaign is expected Friday.
SPORT cited Spain’s economic problems and the setback of losing the vote for the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo on Sept. 7.
In August, Trias said Barcelona 2022 would move forward if Madrid did not win the 2020 Olympic vote. Barcelona hosted the celebrated 1992 Summer Games.
Munich, the 1972 Summer Olympics host, is continuing with bid plans for 2022, hoping to become the first Summer and Winter Olympic host city.
The only official bid for 2022 so far is from Almaty, Kazakhstan, but other European cities such as Oslo have express interest. The U.S. is not planning on bidding for the 2022 Olympics.
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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:
My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport.
1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.
2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.
3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.
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