If the U.S. is to bid for the 2024 Olympics, it may well go up against Russia.
St. Petersburg, which was reported in October to likely bid for an upcoming Olympics, is optimistic on applying for 2024, according to comments from its Governor in the media outlet sports.ru.
“We are eyeing this prospect,” Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said at the Sochi Olympics in February. Insidethegames reported in April that St. Petersburg was out of the running for 2024 due to financial issues.
That does not appear to be the case anymore. Bidding for the 2024 Olympics begins next year, with a U.S. city, Rome and Paris among the most talked-about potential applicants.
St. Petersburg was an applicant city for the 2004 Olympics but did not make the list of candidate cities. In addition to hosting the 2014 Olympics, Russia will also host the 2018 World Cup.
The only previous time Russia hosted the Olympics was in Moscow in 1980. If St. Petersburg submitted a 2024 bid and won, it would mark 10 years between Olympics for Russia.
The last time a nation hosted two Olympics within that short a gap was when the U.S. hosted in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). The U.S. is in the midst of its longest span between hosting the Olympics since 1932 to 1960.
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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.