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IOC calls report Rio could lose Olympics after World Cup, to Moscow, ‘pure fantasy’

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A second report in four days suggesting the 2016 Olympics could be moved from Rio de Janeiro due to preparations delays has been dismissed by the International Olympic Committee.

“It is pure fantasy,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said in an email.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday that Moscow is being considered as a replacement for Rio as host of the 2016 Olympics, citing an unnamed IOC source.

The agency also said a decision on if the Olympics will be moved from Rio will be made after the Brazil World Cup (June 12-July 13), again citing an unnamed IOC source.

On Friday, the Evening Standard in Great Britain reported London had been secretly asked if it could host the 2016 Olympics.

“The transfer of the Olympics to London is possible,” the IOC source said, according to RIA Novosti. “I think the procedure will be like this: the IOC will wait for the results of the World Cup and how they will hold it, and will take a decision after, if no progress is made.”

The IOC spokesman said there was not a shred of truth in the London report Friday.

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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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