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Los Angeles will not renew Olympic bid if it loses this summer

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The Los Angeles Olympic bid group will not renew its bid for a later Games if it comes away empty-handed this summer, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said, according to Reuters.

“We won’t bid again in Los Angeles,” Wasserman said Thursday, according to the report. “Because we have to pay for the bid privately. And raising $60 million dollars privately from individuals in Los Angeles is a tough road to go down once. I will tell you, twice it is not going to happen.”

International Olympic Committee voters are scheduled to choose between Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Olympics on Sept. 13.

However, the IOC is looking into potentially awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this summer, one to each city.

This has led Paris 2024 Olympic co-bid chief Tony Estanguet to reportedly issue an ultimatum of 2024 or nothing.

Wasserman has said LA is focused on 2024 but hasn’t publicly disclosed what his bid would do if Paris was given 2024 and LA was offered 2028 this summer.

Other cities have repeatedly bid for the Olympics after losing. PyeongChang, the 2018 Winter Games host, lost out in the bidding for 2010 and 2014. Tokyo, the 2020 Summer Games host, also bid for 2016. Madrid bid and lost for 2012, 2016 and 2020.

However, recent failed U.S. bids have not come back — notably New York City (2012) and Chicago (2016).

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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