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IOC decision on 2024, 2028 Olympics expected Tuesday

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Bid leaders from Los Angeles and Paris arrived this weekend in the Olympic capital city ahead of their Tuesday morning presentations to the full IOC membership.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron arrives Monday to offer his charismatic support.

Both bid teams declined official comment Sunday about an expected decision to prepare for a double hosting award in September, when the IOC’s annual meeting is held in Lima, Peru.

A consensus deal between the bid cities and IOC leadership seems likely before anyone arrives in the Peruvian capital.

Paris has been seen as favorite for 2024 — the centenary of its last Olympics — after recent comments by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman acknowledging their openness to look ahead to 2028.

Still, the cities must first complete the required presentation Tuesday of their technical plans for staging more than 300 medal events across more than two weeks. An IOC evaluation panel hailed them last week as outstanding.

In a normal Olympic hosting race, the Swiss midsummer event would be a key stage in a fiercely fought campaign.

However, the 2024 Summer Games bidding stopped being normal last December when IOC President Thomas Bach said the existing selection process produced too many losers.

A double award — due on Sept. 13 — has seemed increasingly likely in the seven months since Bach’s statement upended calculations.

It offers the IOC stability with two world-class cities for the next decade after years of busted budgets for hosts and political defeats to sink potential candidates. It also guards against a 2024 loser refusing to bid again for 2028.

The plan must be approved by the full IOC of up to 95 members on Tuesday afternoon, hours after LA and Paris present on stage at a convention center on the outskirts of Lausanne.

It would be a stunning upset if the typically conservative IOC, including members of European and Arab royal families, fails to ratify a formal proposal made last month by the Bach-chaired executive board.

The board opened a two-day meeting Sunday that will focus on other Olympic business.

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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