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Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid logo, renderings released

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A potential Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid plan includes soccer at the Rose Bowl, baseball and softball at Dodger Stadium and, as expected, Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as it was used for the 1984 Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic Committee hopes to finalize a Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid by the end of August. The International Olympic Committee deadline for bid submissions is Sept. 15, and Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome have declared bids already. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 host city in 2017.

Los Angeles 2024 organizers published a bid book Tuesday featuring renderings of potential venues in five primary clusters within 30 minutes of an Olympic Village, representing 94 percent of all sports.

A roof is slated for the Coliseum, which will be “substantially modernized” with renovations including those made from a planned $500 million investment by the University of Southern California.

The Forum, the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers, would host indoor volleyball. Swimming would be held at a to-be-constructed new outdoor MLS soccer stadium.

Organizers proposed 2024 Olympic dates of July 19 through Aug. 4, the same dates as the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and of the failed Boston 2024 Olympic bid. The Paralympics would be Aug. 14-27.

Some highlights from each Los Angeles 2024 cluster:

Downtown Cluster
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Opening and Closing Ceremonies)
New MLS Stadium (Diving, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming)
Staples Center (Basketball, Trampoline, Gymnastics)
Dodger Stadium (Baseball, Softball)
Nokia Theatre (Fencing)
Los Angeles Convention Center (Badminton, Handball, Judo, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wrestling)
USC’s Galen Center (Boxing)
Shrine Auditorium (Weightlifting)

Hollywood Cluster
Hollywood Boulevard (Marathon start and finish, Race Walking, Road Cycling)
Griffith Park (BMX, Mountain Bike)
Wilson Golf Course (Golf)

Valley Cluster
Sepulveda Dam (Archery, Canoe Slalom, Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon, Shooting)

Coastal Cluster
Santa Monica Beach (Beach Volleyball set against Santa Monica Pier, Open-Water Swimming, Road Cycling, Triathlon)
UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion (Preliminary Basketball)
UCLA’s Drake Stadium (Field Hockey)
UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center (Water Polo)

South Bay Cluster
StubHub Center Soccer Stadium (Rugby)
Tennis Stadium (Tennis)
VELO Sports Center (Cycling)

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Sam Girard, Olympic short track champion, surprisingly retires at age 22

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Sam Girard, who avoided a three-skater pileup to win the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m, retired from short track speed skating at age 22, saying he lost the desire to compete.

“I leave my sport satisfied with what I have accomplished,” Girard said in a press release. “This decision was very well thought through. I am at peace with the choice that I’ve made and am ready to move onto the next step.”

Girard and girlfriend and fellow Olympic skater Kasandra Bradette announced their careers end together in a tearful French-language press conference in Quebec on Friday.

Girard detailed the decision in a letter, the sacrifices made to pursue skating. Notably, moving from his hometown of Ferland-et-Boilleau, population 600, to Montreal in 2012. His hobbies had been of the outdoor variety, but he now had to drive an hour and a half from the training center just to go fishing.

In PyeongChang, Girard led for most of the 1000m final, which meant he avoided chaos behind him on the penultimate lap of the nine-lap race. Hungarian Liu Shaolin Sandor‘s inside pass took out South Koreans Lim Hyo-Jun and Seo Yi-Ra, leaving just Girard and American John-Henry Krueger.

Girard maintained his lead, crossing .214 in front of Krueger to claim the title. He also finished fourth in the 500m and 1500m and earned bronze in the relay.

“My first Olympics, won a gold medal, can’t ask for more,” he said afterward.

Though Girard was already accomplished — earning individual silver medals at the 2016 and 2017 Worlds — he came to PyeongChang as the heir apparent to Charles Hamelin, a roommate on the World Cup circuit whom Girard likened to a big brother. Girard earned another world silver medal this past season.

Hamelin, after taking individual gold in 2010 and 2014, left PyeongChang without an individual medal in what many expected to be his last Olympics. However, he went back on a retirement vow and continued to skate through the 2018-19 season.

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Maia, Alex Shibutani extend break from ice dance competition

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Brother-sister ice dance duo Maia and Alex Shibutani will not compete next season, the Olympic bronze medalists announced via U.S. Figure Skating on Friday.

“We’re healthier and stronger than we were after the Olympics, and we’re continuing to push ourselves,” Maia Shibutani said in a press release.

“We’ve continued to skate a lot, and we feel like we’ve benefited from some time away to create in different environments and focus on experiences that can help us grow,” Alex said.

The “Shib Sibs” won the U.S. title in 2016 and 2017. They won their first world medal in 2011 (bronze) before reaching the world podium again in 2016 and 2017 with silver and bronze, respectively.

They most recently competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, where they earned bronze both individually and in the team event.

Maia and Alex Shibutani are now the second ice dance medalists from PyeongChang to announce they’ll sit out at least part of next season. Gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada will tour instead this fall and are not expected to return to competition.

The siblings haven’t stayed away from the ice entirely in their break from the sport, though — they’ve also been touring and performing in shows.

The Shibutanis became the second set of siblings to earn Olympic ice dance medals after France’s Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay in 1992.

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