Boston 2024 releases Olympic bid version 2.0 (photos)

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Boston 2024 organizers unveiled a $4.6 billion updated version of its Olympic bid plan Monday, one day before the U.S. Olympic Committee’s board of directors will discuss the bid at a meeting.

The revised bid plan — with documents available here — includes changes to about half of the 32 proposed Olympic venues from the original plan, according to The Associated Press.

Boston 2024 organizers have said the bid will only continue if a majority of people in Massachusetts and in Boston support the bid in a statewide referendum proposed for November 2016. Recent polls have shown support falling short of 50 percent.

The deadline for 2024 Olympic bids to be submitted is September. International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in 2017.

The revised plan includes many unchanged items from the original plan, such as an emphasis on a compact Games with two main clusters — Waterfront and University clusters — though the new version now includes more of the state of Massachusetts.

The plan’s operating budget includes $4.595 billion in projected expenses and $4.805 billion in projected revenues for a $210 million surplus.

“Boston 2024 remains committed to a plan that finances the venues and operations of the Games entirely with private funds,” organizers said in a press release.

“The critical issue that everyone asks is, ‘Can we run a privately funded Games with a surplus?'” Boston 2024 chairman Steve Pagliuca said. “There’s been a fair amount of doubt about that given different Olympic experiences, but I think we’re going to change the environment.”

Here are graphics from the Boston 2024 version 2.0 plan released Monday:

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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