Jason Lamy Chappuis

France selects flag bearer for Sochi Olympic opening ceremony

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One of France’s two gold medalists from the 2010 Olympics will carry its flag into the 2014 Olympic opening ceremony.

Montana-born Nordic combined skier Jason Lamy Chappuis, 27, was chosen the country’s flag bearer, the French Olympic Committee annoucned Monday.

Lamy Chappuis memorably beat American Johnny Spillane for gold by .4 of a second in the closest finish in Olympic Nordic combined history in the normal hill event in 2010.

It was his only medal of those Olympics after recording fourth- and fifth-place finishes in 2006, but he could be due for more success in Sochi.

Lamy Chappuis won four medals at the World Championships in March, including a record three golds.

The opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics is Feb. 7, and the Nordic combined competition starts Feb. 12.

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Seb Coe splits from Nike as IAAF president

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International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe announced in a press conference Thursday that he dropped his sponsorship deal with Nike, according to reports.

He was sponsored by the brand going back to his days as a professional athlete – he won the 1,500m in 1980 and 1984. His role at Nike included acting as an international advisor and campaign ambassador for “Designed to Move,” aimed at tackling lethargy, Sports Illustrated said.

Coe was voted into office as IAAF president in August for a four-year term, but had since been under scrutiny by British media over the potential conflict of interest. Previously, he acted as the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee.

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Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) – Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics faces a public referendum Sunday among voters in the north German port city.

Organizers hope the bid that has already been submitted to the International Olympic Committee won’t share the same fate as Munich’s proposed candidacy for the 2022 Winter Games. That bid was rejected in a referendum.

German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons Hoermann says “we’re giving the baton to the people of Hamburg and Kiel,” referring to the nearby city where sailing events would be held.

More than 40 percent of the 1.3 million people eligible to vote have already done so through a postal ballot.

Hoermann says “the excellent turnout that has emerged shows the Olympic Games project has been taken on by the city.”

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