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Rome mayor wants 2024 Olympic medal ceremonies in Colosseum

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If Rome hosts the 2024 Olympics, the medal ceremonies could be held at the Colosseum, its mayor said Friday.

“We want to rebuild the arena of the Colosseum so that the athletes can be lifted in like the gladiators in the Roman times,” Rome mayor Ignazio Marino said, according to The Associated Press.

Rome 2024 bid officials and Italian president Sergio Mattarella met with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Friday.

Bach liked the idea of holding medal ceremonies at the Colosseum but joked “as long as the lions don’t then arrive,” according to the AP.

When Rome announced its bid in December, venues were proposed in Florence, Naples and Sardinia.

Italian media suggested the Vatican could host events, according to the AP, since the IOC now allows competitions held outside a host nation in exceptional circumstances. Archery in St. Peter’s Square was talked about.

On Friday, the AP reported the Circus Maximus was among the potential sports venues.

Rome hosted the 1960 Olympics, where barefoot Ethiopian Abeba Bikila won the marathon with the finish around the Arch of Constantine, which is near the Colosseum.

The 2024 Olympic host city will be chosen via an IOC members vote in 2017. Rome is joined in the race by Boston and Hamburg, so far. Paris has also taken steps to be among the bidders, 100 years after it last hosted the Olympics.

U.S. Olympic leaders will meet with the IOC in Switzerland next week after Boston 2024 changed its bid leadership this week, according to the AP.

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Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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