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Mary Decker, Zola Budd reunite for documentary on controversial collision

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The two main actors in one of the biggest dramas at the 1984 Los Angeles Games recently reunited to film a documentary chronicling their controversial race.

American Mary Decker, 26, was the gold-medal favorite in the women’s 3,000m race, and she was expected to be challenged by Zola Budd, an 18-year-old barefoot runner from South Africa who controversially received British citizenship earlier that year. She applied for the citizenship on the basis of her grandfather being British because South Africa at the time was banned from the Olympics due to apartheid.

Decker led most of the way, but about halfway through, she tripped over Budd’s feet. Speculation began immediately over whether Budd intentionally stepped in front of Decker. Regardless, Decker could not finish the race and Budd let up amidst booing in the stadium and finished seventh. Maricica Puica of Romania won gold.

The 90-minute film, titled “The Fall,” is Decker and Budd’s first reunion in more than 30 years. It will premiere in London on July 27 and be shown across the U.K. beginning July 29, also airing on Sky Atlantic.

“I knew making this film would be opening up the black box in my mind which I haven’t opened since that day,” Budd told Variety.com. “I thought it was time.”

“I still think about that race every day. Making this film has been cathartic,” Decker said.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

And you can watch the full race from the 1984 Games here.

Budd now lives in the U.S. and goes by her married name, Zola Pieterse. She is an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Coastal Carolina, and is still an avid runner herself. In March, she finished a 10,000-meter run in under 39 minutes and beat the next finisher by more than 30 seconds.

Decker now lives in Oregon and goes by her married name, Mary Slaney. She suffers from arthritis but stays competitive with an ElliptiGo, which is a combination of an elliptical machine and bicycle.

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Paris 2024 bid committee caught touring Los Angeles venues (video)

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Los Angeles is considered to be a front-runner in the bidding race to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Paris is thought to be a strong contender as well.

And it appears as if leaders of the Paris 2024 bid are checking out their competition.

According to NBC Los Angeles and the L.A. Times, the rival bidders spent time Wednesday taking pictures and recording video of venues on the University of Southern California campus.

“While surprising, we have no objection to Paris 2024 leaders wanting to tour our venues because they are not secrets,” LA 2024 spokesman Jeff Millman said.

Rome and Budapest are also bidding on the 2024 Games. The IOC will announce the winner at its conference in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.

NBC Los Angeles caught the Paris bid committee on camera:

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Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid logo, slogan unveiled (video)

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The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid logo and slogan — “Follow the sun” — were unveiled Tuesday evening.

An updated bid plan with proposed venues for all sports is detailed here.

“The soaring figure of the logo is a symbol of athletes reaching for their dreams, the original Spanish name for Los Angeles ‘the City of Angels,’ and the Angeleno spirit of optimism and progress that defines Southern California,” LA 2024 said in a press release.

“The figure is illuminated, lifted and empowered by the rays of the sun, which emanate from a sparkling point of light at the figure’s heart — a palette of colors often seen in the city sky both at dawn and sunset. The sun itself, which LA calls its brightest star, inspires LA 2024’s slogan, Follow the Sun.”

Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Rome for the 2024 Games.

International Olympic Committee members will vote in September 2017 to determine the 2024 Olympic host. The host city’s official Olympic logo can be different from its bid logo.

The U.S. is in the midst of its longest stretch between hosting Olympics since the gap between Los Angeles 1932 and the Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Games.

It last hosted a Summer Olympics in 1996 (Atlanta) and a Winter Olympics in 2002 (Salt Lake City).

Below is the bid logo, followed by the original Los Angeles 2024 bid logo (if you want to call it that) when the bid was announced last summer, replacing the failed Boston 2024 Olympic bid.

Then, the previous two Los Angeles Olympic logos — 1932 and 1984.

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