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IOC to discuss awarding Olympics to both Los Angeles, Paris

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If the 2024 and 2028 Olympics are to both be awarded this summer, then June 9 is a key date.

The International Olympic Committee executive board will meet in three weeks to discuss possible changes to the Olympic host city bidding process.

The board will hear a report from four IOC vice presidents commissioned in March to look at choosing the host cities for both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this summer.

The 15-member executive board meeting could lead to an IOC members vote in July to formally accept a 2024-2028 Olympic host city double vote in September.

Currently, only the 2024 Olympic host city is to be determined this summer, via an IOC members vote Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

The two remaining 2024 finalists, Los Angeles and Paris, received praise from an IOC evaluation commission during visits the previous two weeks. Boston, Budapest, Hamburg and Rome previously dropped bids.

Los Angeles and Paris could both be awarded Olympics this summer, with one receiving 2024 and the other 2028. A Paris bid leader has said it would not accept the 2028 Olympics. Los Angeles repeats that it is focusing on 2024 but has not ruled out accepting 2028.

The IOC last determined two Olympic host cities at once in 1921, when the 1924 Paris and 1928 Amsterdam Games were awarded, according to Olympstats.com.

Los Angeles hopes to become the first U.S. Olympic host city since Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Games and Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Games. That would end the longest U.S. drought between hosting Olympics since the 28-year gap between Los Angeles 1932 and the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games.

If the 2024-2028 double vote happens, Los Angeles and Paris will join London as the only cities to host three Olympics. Los Angeles hosted in 1932 and 1984. Paris hosted in 1900 and 1924. One of the major selling points of Paris’ 2024 bid has been marking the centennial of its 1924 Games.

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PyeongChang late night roundup

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It was a terrific ending for the Olympic curling tournament. The U.S. men’s team defied all odds by upsetting Sweden in the final 10-7. Buoyed by John Shuster’s double take out in the eighth end, the United States all but assured gold at 10-5 up.

On the night that the United States won its ninth gold medal during these Olympic Games, Finland won its first. Cross-country skier Livo Niskanen outpaced the rest of the 50 man field in the 17th kilometer. OAR skier Alexander Bolushnov gave him a fight in the final kilometers, but he too was eventually left behind.


Curling: USA wins first-ever curling gold 

The USA men’s curling team’s improbable Olympic run has concluded in glory. John Shuster’s squad looked like they were in control from the very onset of the match, forcing Sweden to make errors. The highlight of the match: Shuster’s final stone in the eighth end to put the USA well out of reach with a 10-5 lead.

The United States started competition 2-4 and looked well out of contention to make the playoffs, but an incredible run of three wins saw them get into the playoffs on the final day.

Recap: USA men’s curling wins Olympic gold 

The USA weren’t the only surprise medal winners today. Japan won the country’s first-ever Olympic medal after defeating Great Britain.

It all came down to two steals from Japan in the final two ends, with Briton skip Eve Muirhead missing her final stone to give the victory to Japan.

Men’s Tournamenet

USA def. SWE 10-7

Women’s Tournament

JPN def. GBR 5-3

Cross-Country: Niskanen wins men’s 50km 

Finnish skier Livo Niskanen’s pace was too much for nearly the entire field on Friday night. The Finn broke from the pack, along with Alexey Poltoranen, in the 17th kilometer and continued to stay out front. After Poltoranen ran out of gas, it was OAR athlete Alexander Bolushnov who erased a 30 second gap to challenge the Finn.

It wasn’t until the last kilometre that a seemingly-fatigued Niskanen made his final move to brush of Bolushnov to cross the finish line.

It was a very disappointing day for the Norwegians, who’ve dominated the sport this year. Not one Norwegian landed on the podium, including gold medal favorite Martin Sundsby.

Full men’s 50km recap available here 

Speed Skating: Takagi, Lee win inaugural mass start 

Making its Olympic debut, the speed skating mass start proved to be an erratic event as several skaters collided and crashed out of the competition.

The final race is simple: first three skaters to cross the finish line win the medals.

Estonia’s Saskia Alusalu made the initial burst of energy in the race, but was caught up to in the final three laps. The women’s champion was decided by a final sprint, when Japan’s Nana Takagi beat world champion Kim Bo-Reum and Irene Schouten.

Women’s mass start recap available here 

Lee Song-Hoon won the men’s tournament, ensuring that the speed skating program would not have as sour an ending as the short track. Unlike the women’s race, the men’s skaters stuck together as a train for most of the race until the final three laps.

In the end, Lee came in with too much speed to be overtaken by any of the chasing competitors.

Men’s mass start recap available here 

USA wins gold in men’s curling

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For the first time in history, the United States won the Olympic gold medal in curling.

A week ago, it didn’t seem like that would happen. Sitting at 2-4 and with a game against behemoth Canada coming up, John Shuster captained the United States to three consecutive wins (over Canada, Switzerland, and Great Britain) to squeak into the semifinals. From there, they took down Great Britain before completing the run against Sweden in the gold medal game.

Tied at 5-5 in the eighth end, Shuster was able to hit both of Sweden’s rocks out of the house, giving the United States an incredible five points and a 10-5 lead heading into the ninth.

NBCOlympics.com: Watch: Team USA scores five points in eighth end

After that, it was all about protecting the lead. Just a few minutes later Swedish skip Niklas Edin conceded the game, and it was the United States standing on top of the podium for the first time ever in the sport of curling.

Click here to read the full recap from the gold medal game