The water quality in a marina where Rio Olympic sailing events will be held will be upgraded with a new yearlong project, officials announced Tuesday.
A .62-mile pipeline will be built by Rio’s state government as part of a $6.2 million plan, according to The Associated Press.
“One hundred percent of the [cleanup] promises relating to the sites where the sailing competition is to be held will be kept a year before the Olympics,” a Rio official said, according to the AP. “It is the best backdrop for sailing in the history of the Olympics.”
Sailors took part in the first Olympic test event for any sport in August in Rio’s Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 Olympic sailing events.
The 2016 Olympic sailing venue is contaminated with sewage, but American sailors’ training in the bay wasn’t hindered going into the test event, U.S. Olympic Sailing managing director Josh Adams said.
Adams said then that the worst-case conditions of Guanabara Bay that have largely been reported on are in an area of the bay that wouldn’t be used for competition at the test event or the Olympics.
US Sailing and the U.S. Olympic Committee commissioned water tests on different areas of the bay in the spring. They received results from those tests before the test event and planned accordingly.
Figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night in Primetime on NBC. The team, along with play-by-play partner Terry Gannon, made the announcement during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the ladies’ short program.
Lipinski, Weir and Gannon will commentate the pageantry from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which will feature the Parade of Nations, interviews, profiles, musical performances and more.
“Parades, K-Pop, fireworks, costumes, dancing – who better to host the world’s biggest party than Tara, Johnny and Terry,” Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a press release.
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It must be an incredible feeling to share the Olympic experience with your twin sister while skating next to one another on the same team. But, how many sets of twins can say they each had a game-changing moment to help their team capture a gold medal for the first time in 20 years?
NBCOlympics.com: Gold at last: U.S. women beat rival Canada in epic shootout
The Lamoureux twins are in elite company as they both shined individually while helping the U.S. defeat Canada in the women’s hockey gold-medal game.
“I’m digging the new necklace I got today,” Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said. “It is been a dream to do this, side by side. We have pushed each other since we were little and our brothers have kicked our butts along the way.”
Jocelyne, tasked with shooting in the first round of extra innings, performed a highly-skilled maneuver en route to scoring the eventual shootout-winning goal. No. 17 skated in all alone, faked to her backhand as Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados slipped, then confidently slid the puck into the back of the net.
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