Boston, Budapest among cities mulling future Olympic bids

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Now that the three finalists to host the 2022 Winter Olympics have been announced, it isn’t too early to start considering where the three subsequent Olympic Games will be held – at least that’s what pundits and officials from Boston to Budapest are saying.

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy set off a round of debate when he called the idea of Boston hosting the 2024 Summer Games “preposterous,”a declaration that has since been rebuffed by many. The USOC will decide next year which city among Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. it will present to the IOC to be considered to host the 2024 Games.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, is looking to get its name onto the short list of cities that would be considered as a host for the 2026 Winter Games. That honor would also make it the second American city to host the Winter Olympics; Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

Americans aren’t the only ones planning ahead. Officials in Budapest told the Budapest Business Journal they think the Hungarian capital would be a great host of the 2028 Summer Games, and hope that hosting the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival could serve as proof that the city could manage the 34th Olympiad.

The IOC announced Monday, July 7 that it will choose between Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. That decision is scheduled for July 31, 2015. The 2020 Summer Games will be held in Tokyo, the 2018 Winter Games will be hosted by Pyeongchang South Korea and the 2016 Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, which is having a dry run for that event as it hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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