San Diego submits proposal to USOC for 2024 Olympic bid

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A San Diego group is serious about wanting to host the 2024 Olympics, submitting an 80-page proposal to the U.S. Olympic Committee, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“We have excellent momentum,” Vincent Mudd, chairman of the San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee, told the newspaper. “San Diego has something that doesn’t exist in other cities — a youthful culture and an active lifestyle.”

San Diego is so into it that it has received help from more than 700 part-time or full-time volunteers and plans to ask the public to choose a mascot and create a bid logo.

Previously, a joint San Diego-Tijuana, Mexico, bid was talked about, but that didn’t get very far as it was deemed all events must be held in the same country.

The USOC is not guaranteed to bid for the 2024 Olympics, but CEO Scott Blackmun repeated Wednesday that his organization was in discussions with fewer than 10 cities.

“We want to make a decision by the end of the year,” Blackmun said at the Best of U.S. Awards in Washington. “We feel like we’re on track to do that. We want to give everybody a chance to sit down and express why they would like to do this and sit down together and talk about it. Probably, we’ll start sitting down with our board in May or June and really beginning to narrow the field.”

The list of potential cities has also reportedly included Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the USOC is expected to evaluate proposals late this month and announce three finalists in early May.

The U.S. hasn’t hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games and is in the middle of its longest stretch between hosting Olympics since a 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960. The USOC sent letters to more than three dozen cities in 2013 to gauge interest in potentially hosting the Olympics.

Other potential 2024 bids could come from South Africa, Paris, Rome and Berlin.

Bidding for the 2024 Olympics will officially begin in 2015, with the winner chosen in 2017.

Mexico will not bid for 2024 Olympics

Olympic flame to travel by sea for Paris 2024, welcomed by armada

Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay Marseille
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The Olympic flame will travel from Athens to Marseille by ship in spring 2024 to begin the France portion of the torch relay that ends in Paris on July 26, 2024.

The torch relay always begins in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, Greece, where the sun’s rays light the flame. It will be passed by torch until it reaches Athens.

It will then cross the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Belem, a three-masted ship, “reminiscent of a true Homeric epic,” according to Paris 2024. It will arrive at the Old Port of Marseille, welcomed by an armada of boats.

Marseille is a former Greek colony and the oldest city in France. It will host sailing and some soccer matches during the Paris Olympics.

The full 2024 Olympic torch relay route will be unveiled in May.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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