Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter confirms he doesn’t want 2022 World Cup to clash with Olympics

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter said “consultations” are starting on moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter, but that it won’t overlap with the 2022 Olympics.

“It can only be done in November-December, not January-February,” Blatter told reporters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Friday, according to Agence France-Presse.

Blatter is also an International Olympic Committee member. Earlier this week, winter sports federations expressed concern about a possible World Cup in November.

Potential host cities for the 2022 Olympics must submit bids by Thursday to the International Olympic Committee. So far, the following cities have said they will bid or officially bid:

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Beijing/Zhangjiakou, China
Krakow, Poland/Jasna, Slovakia
Lviv, Ukraine
Oslo, Norway

Munich will decide if it will bid Sunday, and Stockholm hopes to announce its decision by Tuesday, according to Inside the Games.

Beijing 2022?

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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