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Drought continues: U.S. women’s speed skaters fail to medal in 1000m

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There were high hopes that Brittany Bowe and/or Heather Richardson would give the U.S. women’s speed skating program its first medal since an all-time best run in 2002, but that didn’t happen in the 1000m on Thursday. Instead, China’s Zhang Hong won a gold medal with a time of 1:14.02.

The Netherlands filled up the rest of the podium as Ireen Wuest grabbed silver at 1:14.69 and Margot Boer brought in bronze thanks to a 1:14.90 mark.

Fellow Dutch skater Margot Boer finished third, winning another medal for the Netherlands.

Richardson finished in seventh place (1.21 away from gold) and Bowe came in eighth (1.45 behind). They’ll get another shot at breaking that post-Salt Lake City slump in the 1500m.

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage

South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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