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Sylvester Stallone headlines guest list for LA 2024 bid event

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LA 2024 already has Dr. Dre in its corner. It appears it can count Sylvester Stallone, too.

Stallone was one of many celebrities who were reportedly invited to and attended a dinner with the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics in Southern California on Wednesday, hosted by LA 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman.

The IOC evaluation commission is touring Los Angeles this week and the other 2024 bid city, Paris, next week. IOC members are scheduled to vote to choose the 2024 host city on Sept. 13 at a session.

It’s possible Los Angeles and Paris could both be named Olympic hosts in September, if the 2028 Games are also awarded at the session in Lima, Peru.

Wednesday’s reported dinner guest list included Stallone, who carried the Olympic flame in 2004 on Santa Monica Beach, the site of the famous Rocky III beach running scene between Rocky and Apollo Creed.

Stallone called his part of the 2004 Athens Olympic torch relay “the proudest moment of my life.”

Also on the list was two-time Olympic basketball champion Kobe Bryant, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, LA mayor Eric Garcetti, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.

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Team USA Opening Ceremony uniforms have heaters

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The U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony contain heating components that will last up to 11 hours.

Ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and bobsledder Aja Evans wore the uniforms on TODAY on Monday.

The heat technology will come in handy.

The PyeongChang Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 (live streaming on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app) will be in an outdoor stadium, likely in below-freezing temperatures.

From USA Today:

“The athletes can set the temperature (there are three settings) via their cellphones. The heat can last up to five hours on the high setting and 11 hours on the low setting, fully charged.”

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Jamaica misses Olympic men’s bobsled by one spot

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The only Jamaican bobsled team in PyeongChang will be its women’s bobsled team.

Jamaica missed qualifying a two-man bobsled team for the Olympics by one spot in rankings finalized last week.

Jamaica still had a chance to sneak into the 30-sled Olympic field if one of the qualified nations declined a spot, but that didn’t happen.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation made it official Monday, publishing the Olympic fields for each event.

At least one Jamaican men’s sled competed in every Olympics from 1988 through 2002, then again in 2014.

Sochi driver Winston Watts retired, but a new team was formed in this Olympic cycle that included former Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals running back Michael Blair.

New driver Seldwyn Morgan competed on the lower-level North American Cup the last three seasons with a top finish of seventh.

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