Zbigniew Brodka

Poland presidents, Olympic champions urge public support for Winter Olympic bid

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Polish political and athletics giants are encouraging Krakow residents to vote in favor of a 2022 Winter Olympic bid Sunday.

Former president Lech Walesa and Winter Olympic greats Justyna KowalczykAdam Malysz and Zbigniew Brodka were among 47 names endorsing a letter published on the Krakow 2022 website.

“The Olympic Winter Games constitute an ambitious challenge requiring widespread public and organisational mobilisation,” the letter said. “Through the Games, Krakow can make its presence felt in the world in a unique manner and make our dreams come true. The legacy of the Games will be appreciated by all and enjoyed for many years ahead.”

Krakow and Oslo are hoping for public and political support to move forward with 2022 Winter Olympic bids. The other cities that submitted bids by the March deadline were Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing and Lviv, Ukraine.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board will decide which cities advance to a final stage of bidding in July.

The IOC will vote to select the host city on July 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Paralympic swimmer disqualified for Olympic rings tattoo

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British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.

Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”

Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.

If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.

It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.

At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.

An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.

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Missy Franklin reads emotional letter to parents (video)

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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.

It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.

Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.

Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.

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