Krakow is withdrawing its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after residents of the Polish city voted against it Sunday.
“Today we are starting talks with the Olympics Committee on how we can withdraw from the Winter Olympics 2022 project,” Krakow mayor Jacek Majchrowski said in a press conference, according to Reuters. “I think it is bad news, but this was the citizens’ will.”
Nearly 70 percent of voters were against trying to bring the Olympics to Poland for the first time.
The race for the 2022 Olympics is now down to four cities — Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Lviv, Ukraine and Oslo.
Lviv may also drop out due to the current situation in Ukraine.
Oslo’s bid faces questions over the Norwegian capital’s public and financial backing.
Stockholm dropped its campaign in January due to financial costs before the deadline to officially submit bids in March.
The International Olympic Committee’s executive board will decide which cities advance to a final stage in Lausanne, Switzerland, from July 7-9.
The IOC will vote to select the host city on July 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, could become the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games. Oslo hosted the 1952 Olympics. Kazakhstan and Ukraine never hosted an Olympics.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.