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Beijing 2022 launches promo video, Twitter account

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Beijing 2022 published a video Friday promoting its bid to become the first city to host a Summer and Winter Olympics.

The three-minute spot includes highlights of the Sochi 2014 Olympics, Beijing 2008 Olympics and Chinese Winter Olympic stars such as pairs figure skating champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo and short track speed skater Wang Meng.

The video shows how Beijing plans to hold the Olympics, split between the Chinese capital and Zhangjiakou in the mountains. The Beijing Olympic Stadium from 2008 is again planned to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Curling would happen in the Water Cube, where Michael Phelps won eight gold medals six years ago.

It also launched a Twitter account here.

Beijing is competing with Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Other potential candidates — Oslo, Stockholm, Lviv, Ukraine and Krakow, Poland — pulled out of the competition.

The 2022 Winter Olympic host city will be chosen via International Olympic Committee vote on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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IOC: ‘More exciting initiatives’ for Korean unity in PyeongChang

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the PyeongChang Winter Games and promised that “much more exciting initiatives” promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend.

“Watch this space,” International Olympic Committee presidential spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press in an interview, a day before a crucial meeting of Korean delegations at Olympics headquarters in Lausanne.

He declined to elaborate, saying the decisions would come Saturday.

Referring to a detailed peace-making agreement between the rival countries announced Thursday by South Korea’s Unification Ministry, including a joint team in the women’s hockey tournament, Adams said it was “great … but these are discussions” — meaning the IOC had not yet given the deal the final green light.

“I can tell you that there will also be some much more exciting initiatives coming through as well tomorrow,” he added.

Provided that the IOC finalizes the deal, it would mark the first time the two National Olympic Committees would be competing together in a single team.

Some have questioned the fine print of the agreement announced by the two Koreas, saying it gives the combined hockey squad a far larger roster than any other national team.

Asked how the IOC planned to maintain the integrity of the sport, Adams said: “People would say that these are exceptional circumstances, and we need exceptional measures.”

“This is about the Olympic spirit,” Adams added. “And the Olympic spirit is about nations competing, athletes competing, and we will do our best make sure that it sends a signal that sport can improve the world.”

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Julia Mancuso skis final race dressed as Wonder Woman (video)

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Julia Mancuso bid farewell like only she could — with a tiara, cape and Wonder Woman suit.

The most decorated female U.S. Olympic skier with four medals announced Friday morning that today’s World Cup downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo would be the last race of her career.

More on Mancuso’s retirement, career and immediate future here.

She raced Friday as her nickname — “Super Jules” — and coasted to the bottom 18 seconds slower than winner Sofia Goggia.

Afterward, U.S. Ski Team members sprayed her with champagne and lifted her up in the finish corral.

Mancuso chose an appropriate venue for her last race.

She notched her first World Cup podium in Cortina in January 2006, then won the Olympic giant slalom in Sestriere, Italy, four weeks later.

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