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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)






Five venue clusters.



Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a roof.



Simone Biles discusses anxiety medicine, therapy in up-and-down year

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Simone Biles sees a therapist regularly and takes medication for anxiety, acknowledging mental-health struggles.

Biles was asked on “Good Morning America” how she has processed standing up as a Larry Nassar survivor on Jan. 15.

“I’m on anxiety medicine now because I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the year, trying to figure out what was wrong,” Biles said. “So I go to therapy pretty regularly. It’s not easy, but the people surrounding me are some of the best.”

Biles is an experienced mental-health advocate.

Last year, she partnered with the #BeUnderstood campaign for Learning Disabilities and ADHD Awareness Month in October. She spoke with two sisters who have ADHD about her own experience with ADHD since age 9.

Biles appeared on Tuesday’s morning show to reveal her ESPN the Magazine cover for being named the most dominant athlete of 2018.

Biles, after taking 14 months off from training, swept all five titles at the U.S. Championships, then became the first gymnast to earn medals on every event at a world championships in 31 years.

She is not expected to compete again before March.

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Mikael Kingsbury named Canada Athlete of the Year

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Mikael Kingsbury, the Olympic moguls champion, is the first freestyle skier to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, Canada’s athlete of the year award.

Kingsbury, 26, dominated in PyeongChang, receiving the highest scores for time, turns and air moves in the final to win by 4.06 points. It marked the first instance in moguls history that a man topped the final field in all three categories that make up the total score, albeit the format moved from a 20-skier final to a six-skier final in 2014.

Kingsbury also finished first or second in all eight World Cup moguls or dual moguls events so far in 2018. He’s up to 50 World Cup victories, breaking the moguls record shared by U.S. Olympic champions Donna Weinbrecht and Hannah Kearney.

The other reported Lou Marsh finalists were:

Brooke Henderson, Golf: Second in the LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe
Kaitlyn Lawes, Curling: Olympic mixed doubles, world women’s titles
Connor McDavid, Hockey: 2017-18 NHL points leader, most outstanding player
Kaetlyn Osmond, Figure Skating: Olympic bronze medalist, world champion

The Lou Marsh Trophy went to an Olympian 15 times in the last 20 years, most recently Olympic 100m freestyle swimming champion Penny Oleksiak in 2016. Winners in Winter Olympic years included speed skaters Catriona LeMay Doan (2002) and Cindy Klassen (2006) and bobsledder Kaillie Humphries (2014), all gold medalists those years.

That history worked against Henderson and McDavid, who didn’t have an Olympics in 2018. Osmond had arguably the best year for an individual Canadian figure skater with her three major medals, but Russians Alina Zagitova and Yevgenia Medvedeva beat her in PyeongChang.

Lawes led all women in shooting percentage in the first Olympic mixed-doubles event and led her team (skipped by Sochi Olympic champ skip Jennifer Jones) in shooting in the gold-medal game of the world championship a month later.

Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were ineligible for the individual award together, according to Canadian media.

The Lou Marsh Trophy, named after the former Toronto Star sports editor and columnist, is annually voted on by Canadian sports journalists.

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