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St. Petersburg still in the mix for 2024 Olympic bid

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If the U.S. is to bid for the 2024 Olympics, it may well go up against Russia.

St. Petersburg, which was reported in October to likely bid for an upcoming Olympics, is optimistic on applying for 2024, according to comments from its Governor in the media outlet sports.ru.

“We are eyeing this prospect,” Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said at the Sochi Olympics in February. Insidethegames reported in April that St. Petersburg was out of the running for 2024 due to financial issues.

That does not appear to be the case anymore. Bidding for the 2024 Olympics begins next year, with a U.S. city, Rome and Paris among the most talked-about potential applicants.

St. Petersburg was an applicant city for the 2004 Olympics but did not make the list of candidate cities. In addition to hosting the 2014 Olympics, Russia will also host the 2018 World Cup.

The only previous time Russia hosted the Olympics was in Moscow in 1980. If St. Petersburg submitted a 2024 bid and won, it would mark 10 years between Olympics for Russia.

The last time a nation hosted two Olympics within that short a gap was when the U.S. hosted in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). The U.S. is in the midst of its longest span between hosting the Olympics since 1932 to 1960.

(h/t @OlympicStatman)

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Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross beat top-ranked Brazilians for first time

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross
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Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Brazil’s best beach volleyball team for the first time and extended the longest winning streak of their partnership in winning the Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday.

“That just shows our growth,” Ross said. “We’re still on the up and up.”

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion, and Ross, an Olympic silver medalist, beat Olympic qualifying top seed Larissa and Talita 22-20, 22-20 in the final for their third straight international title.

Walsh Jennings and Ross have now won 22 straight FIVB World Tour matches, the best run of their three-year parternship. Walsh Jennings last reached a streak this long from 2007 to 2010, when she won 78 straight international matches with Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh, according to BVBInfo.com

The Americans had lost all three of their previous matches (one a one-set exhibition) versus Larissa and Talita:

Feb. 27, 2015 — 26-24 in Rio de Janeiro
Aug. 23, 2015 — 21-18, 21-16 in Long Beach, Calif.
March 20, 2016 — 22-20, 21-19 in Vitoria, Brazil

Larissa and Talita, seeking to become Brazil’s first Olympic women’s beach volleyball champions in 20 years, have won 12 of their 20 international tournaments since pairing in July 2014.

The FIVB World Tour continues in Hamburg, Germany, next week, the final event in Olympic qualifying. Walsh Jennings and Ross are expected to play there.

Walsh Jennings and Ross and Larissa and Talita are already qualified for the Rio Games.

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Joe Kovacs goes wild after winning Pre Classic shot put (video)

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Joe Kovacs put together an incredible series of throws to win the Pre Classic shot put on Friday night, and he topped it off with perhaps an even more impressive celebration.

The World champion Kovacs, who is listed at 6 feet and 276 pounds, let out bellowing roars and a “Hell yeah!” after his final throw of 22.13 meters.

Kovacs threw farther with every throw in Eugene, Ore., on Friday night:

20.41
20.49
21.26
21.57 (farthest in the world this year)
21.66 (farthest in the world this year)
22.13 (farthest in the world this year)

Kovacs has come a long way in four years. He finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a then-personal-best throw of 21.08 meters. His last throw Friday night would have won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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