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New York Governor open to Olympic bid proposal

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is “seriously assessing the viability of an Olympic bid for New York City,” according to the Financial Times, citing an unnamed source “familiar with the situation” of a pitch for the 2024 Olympics.

Asked about the report, a governor’s administration official said the governor’s office has not received a proposal yet but is open to reviewing one if and when that happens.

The Financial Times source said talks are taking place between representatives of Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and an advisory committee will likely be formed soon.

However, the report quoted a mayor’s spokesman saying an Olympic bid “is not something the administration is considering at this time,” which echoes what a different mayor spokesman said in February.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to narrow its list of candidates for a 2024 bid over the next month or two and decide ultimately if it will bid by the end of the year, and which city.

Other cities in the running include Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, most or all of which have put together bid plans and been visited by USOC representatives last winter.

New York made a failed bid for the 2012 Olympics, getting eliminated in the second round of International Olympic Committee voting on July 6, 2005, when London won.

The U.S. also bid for the 2016 Olympics, with Chicago, and lost to Rio de Janeiro. It has not bid since and has not hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games.

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IOC undecided on refugee team for Tokyo Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05:  Flag bearer Rose Lokonyen Nathike of the Refugee Olympic Team leads her team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The International Olympic Committee expects to decide in two years if it will have a refugee team at the 2020 Olympics, an official said Tuesday.

The first Olympic refugee team competed in Rio, with 10 athletes in three sports from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia.

“To have the Olympic refugee team in Rio was not an objective in itself,” Pere Miro, the IOC’s Deputy Director General for Relations with the Olympic Movement, told media in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It was a mean to put that in front of the world. … We go step by step.

“What we want is to support these persons that they have this very difficult life around the world.”

Miro said it has been proposed that all National Olympic Committees be invited to identify refugee athletes in their respective countries to take part in international competitions for the next four years.

He also said the IOC has “not abandoned” the 10 refugee athletes from Rio and that the organization will take an active role in supporting them, either on their quest for Tokyo 2020 or with their post-Olympic lives.

“We have the duty to continue with them,” Miro said. “We are really in touch with every one of them.”

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Franz Klammer stars in commercial with Alpine skiing champions, Sasquatch

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The 1976 Olympic downhill champion Franz Klammer. Shirtless Aksel Lund Svindal waving a wurst. Sasquatch.

This Head skis commercial has it all.

The skier cameos include some of the most decorated active skiers:

Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) — 2010 Olympic super-G champion
Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) — 2014 Olympic super-G champion
Anna Veith (Austria) — 2014 Olympic super-G champion
Lara Gut (Switzerland) — 2016 World Cup overall champion

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