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June 25, 2013 | By David Wharton
The International Olympic Committee has released its technical evaluation of three cities vying for the 2020 Summer Games. And the news is good for Tokyo. The 110-page report  gives a first look at how the voting may go when IOC members cast their ballots in September. Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, received praise for its transportation system and for being "a modern, dynamic city that sets global trends and, at the same time, has a strong respect for its history and culture.
April 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Speaking to reporters after a board of directors meeting in Los Angeles on Tuesday, U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said they are in the process of meeting with fewer than 10 American cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The informal discussions will help them decide on two or three domestic finalists. Once the field is narrowed, the USOC will then choose a bid representative -- or choose not to bid at all. "Our goal is to make a decision by the end of the year," said Scott Blackmun, the USOC's chief executive, adding that the current talks have focused on "which cities do we think can put together a bid that is going to be a fantastic bid. " The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games has been working on details for bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.
The Muir High boys' basketball team made impressive strides in its first season under Coach Rocky Moore last season. The Mustangs were 10-0 in Pacific League play, reached the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA semifinals and finished 23-5. So Moore and the Mustangs have every reason for high expectations going into the start of the 24th annual LA Watts Summer Games on Saturday and Sunday at sites throughout Los Angeles.
April 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
Concluding a three-day visit to Japan, Olympic inspectors expressed satisfaction Friday with early preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. The four-man contingent visited a number of existing and potential venues and held discussions with the host country's organizing committee. "Tokyo 2020 has successfully undertaken a number of important steps on its seven-year Olympic journey," said John Coates, chairman of the coordination commission for the International Olympic Committee.
August 29, 2001 | PATT MORRISON
Oh, blah, blah, blah. Can't a big, rich, so-very-important national Olympic committee come up with an assessment that's a little more insightful than this? Los Angeles. What a nice place. What nice weather. What nice people. Now, isn't that nice? Who's in charge of this committee, Mr. Rogers? And where do they think they are, Salt Lake City? A team of the U.S. Olympic Committee just left town. This is one Olympic team that hands out the gold; it will decide what U.S.
October 12, 1986
The International Olympic Committee's executive board will recommend changing the timing of the Olympics so that the Summer Games will be held in alternating even-numbered years with the Winter Games. Under the proposal, the Summer Games and the Winter Games would be held two years apart. Officials said the change would ease the financial burden for national Olympic committees, which now must fund both events in the same year.
July 24, 1996 | MIKE KUPPER
John Goodbody in the Times of London on the glitch Games: "The Olympics are one of the most demanding assignments for any journalist. . . . However, what is making these Games particularly exhausting is the inefficiency of the organization. Of all the eight Summer Games which I have covered, I have never observed so much frustration and even anger from fellow journalists."
August 4, 1996 | MIKE HISERMAN
The U.S. women's soccer team got together Saturday evening to receive a congratulatory telephone conference call from the White House. First Lady Hillary Clinton came on the line first, followed by daughter Chelsea and then the President, who cut almost immediately to the quick. "Hey, I want you to teach me that maneuver where everybody slides on the ground on their bellies," he said. At that, several members of the team promised to show him during their visit to Washington next week.
August 10, 1992 | Associated Press
After 16 days under the glow of the Olympic flame and the glare of the world's sports fans, Barcelona bid adios to the Summer Games with a spectacle unseen since . . . the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony featured King Juan Carlos, mimes, Carthusian horses, magicians, music, Placido Domingo, the Olympic anthem, a volcano, some devils, a huge dragon, Cobi, Andrew Lloyd Webber, fireworks and a rumba to wrap it all up.
September 28, 2000 | Associated Press
NBC's Olympics ratings tumbled to a new low. The network's 12th night of coverage from Sydney had the worst rating for Summer Games competition in at least 16 years. The network's taped telecast, including the gymnastics champions' gala, diving, and a U.S. gold-medal victory in beach volleyball, drew a 12.4 rating and 21 share Tuesday night. That's 23% below what advertisers were told the Sydney Olympics would average and even further off the 17.5 to 18.
February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia -- The United States didn't strike gold at the Sanki Sliding Center, but it made a lot of history. From Erin Hamlin's first-ever American medal in singles luge to Steven Holcomb's drought-ending bobsled runs, the sliding sports accounted for some of Team USA's most memorable moments in the Caucasus Mountains. "Dreams are a scary thing, because there is always a chance you won't accomplish them," said Steve Langton, who won bronze in both the two-man and four-man bobsled events.
February 20, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track, a sensation she likens to being stuffed in a garbage can and pushed off a cliff, she wasn't sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted. "She told me to fight through it. She told me I was in this for bigger reasons than that one run," Evans said. "And I'm so glad I listened to her. " Two years after heeding her mother's advice, Evans and her pilot Jamie Greubel won a bronze medal Wednesday in the women's bobsled.
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
With Bob Costas still recovering from an eye infection, former "Today" cohost Meredith Vieira will anchor NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage Friday of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.   "It's an honor to fill in for him," Vieira said Friday morning on "Today. " "You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas. " Costas, who had anchored NBC's coverage of the Winter and Summer Games without interruption since 1988, was sidelined earlier this week by the infection, which left his eyes red and sensitive to bright studio lights and proved distracting for many viewers.
February 11, 2014 | By Matt Greene
The great part of watching the Olympics -- be it the Summer Games or Winter Games -- is that I find myself enjoying every event that is on at that exact time. Whether it's bobsledding, team ice dancing or the biathlon, I can't help but get hooked into watching because these athletes have been living every day of their lives for the last four years for this moment.   It's incredible. You can feel the passion and the excitement and, for a lot of the events, I find it hard not to root for everyone because as an athlete you know the sacrifices they have made to be on this stage and perform at this level.
February 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Note: This is part of an ongoing series documenting the Sochi Olympics from a TV perspective. Every morning of the Games, we'll look at a key moment from the previous day that NBC captured, elevated, honored, bungled or otherwise reported in a notable way, as only the most televised event on the planet can be covered. You could go with David Remnick offering a spin through Russian history and literature. You could opt for the he-wants-to-say-it-but-he-can't-say-it plea for "tolerance" from IOC chief Thomas Bach.
February 3, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee could take another step this week toward getting baseball and women's softball back into the Olympics as well as adding squash for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. New IOC president Thomas Bach said Monday he expects discussion by the IOC membership at its general meeting on flexibility toward adding sports, for which the Olympic Charter has a seven-year rule. It mandates sports must be on the Olympic program seven years before the summer or winter Olympics in which they will be contested.
July 1, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The International Olympic Committee, meeting here Monday, approved a change in the design of the medals awarded at the Summer Games, the first major change since 1928. It involves one side of the medals -- gold, silver and bronze -- and will be used at next year's Summer Games at Athens. In separate action, the IOC's ruling executive board decided to add bicycle motocross racing, or BMX, to the Summer Games beginning in 2008 at Beijing.
January 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones began competing in bobsled to erase memories of her disappointments at the Beijing and London Games. Sprinter Lauryn Williams, a three-time Olympian who won gold in the women's 400-meter relay at London, turned to bobsled after nagging injuries cut short her track career. Both put an exclamation point on their transition to winter sports by being nominated to the U.S. Olympic team for the upcoming Sochi Winter Games. On the women's team, Jones, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Miami resident Williams were nominated as push athletes, whose job it is to launch the sled as quickly as possible.
January 14, 2014 | Patt Morrison
Anita L. DeFrantz has her bags packed for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia - but heck, she's had her bags packed for athletic events around the world for the last 40 years, as a competitor and as a member of the International Olympic Committee (currently on the executive board) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (board member). DeFrantz was a bronze medalist in the first Olympics that allowed female rowers, in 1976. In her "free" time, she heads the LA84 Foundation, a legacy of L.A.'s 1984 Olympic Games that has brought sports opportunities to more than 2 million children.
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