The cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the iconic site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, was relit at 12:01 a.m. Friday in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s death.
It will stay lit for 24 hours, according to Los Angeles reports.
The 1960 Democratic National Convention was held in Los Angeles. Kennedy gave his nomination acceptance speech at the Coliseum, an address that became known as “The New Frontier” speech.
“Earlier in the week, I got a call from Congresswoman Janice Hahn from our nation’s capital suggesting that the torch be lit,” Councilman Tom LaBonge said in a statement, according to Los Angeles reports. “I quickly called USC President C. L. Max Nikias. I am now joined with Councilmember Curren Price and the entire City Council in thanking USC for this tribute. “
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Lindsey Vonn partied with fellow Under Armour sports stars Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth as well as rapper Vanilla Ice on Wednesday.
The company held its 20th anniversary party in Baltimore, where it’s based.
Vonn is living it up in her offseason following another knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season this fall.
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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.
“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.
“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.
“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.
“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”
Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.
World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.
With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.
Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.
Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.
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