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Facial recognition not allowed at 2024 Paris Games

Daily / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Biometric facial scans -- which were widely deployed as a security measure at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics -- will be prohibited at the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris due to French privacy law. Parisian politicians had lobbied for Olympic facial recognition software after riot police in...

Utah governor confident in Salt Lake's Winter Games bid

Daily / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said officials feel "really confident" that Salt Lake City will be chosen as a host for either the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games, according to Lisa Roche of the DESERET NEWS. Cox said, “There are two open spots, 2030 and 2034. We feel very confident...

Paris 2024 announces Phrygian caps as official mascots

Daily / Monday, November 14, 2022
Phrygian caps will be the mascots of the 2024 Paris Games and Paralympic Games, as organizers “look to celebrate the French revolution's spirit,” according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. The caps were “favoured over animals, who have mostly been the first choice in other Olympics.” Paris Organizing...

Hat-shaped Paris Olympic mascots revealed

Morning Buzz / Monday, November 14, 2022
The mascot for the 2024 Paris Games "will be a hat." La Phryge Olympique and la Phryge Paralympique were revealed today as "red hats with eyes and legs." The Phrygian cap, a "soft, generally red hat, dates to headgear worn by freed slaves in Phrygia, an ancient Greek kingdom...

U.S. Ski & Snowboard launching women's initiative

Morning Buzz / Friday, November 11, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is launching the Heroic Initiative, intended to honor and provide additional resources for women in skiing and snowboarding. This year's debut program will focus on career advancement opportunities for women ski and snowboard coaches. More long-term plans include the creation of fellowships, grants, a childcare...

WADA appeals Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s case

Daily / Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Frustrated over delays to "reach decisions publicly" on Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s positive test for a banned substance, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) "appealed her case" to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), according to Les Carpenter of the WASHINGTON POST. Carpenter notes the move means...

Empire on the rise

Weekly / Monday, October 31, 2022
On a dreary afternoon in northern England last April, the supporters known as Toon Army eagerly led the charge to St. James’ Park to cheer on Newcastle United in a Premier League match against Crystal Palace, and also to revel in what they hope is the continued...

Utah's 2030 Olympics bid gets big boost with British Columbia's decision

Daily / Friday, October 28, 2022
Utah’s odds of hosting the 2030 Winter Games “improved significantly” following the announcement that British Columbia “will not support” Vancouver’s Olympic bid, according to Julie Jag of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Without that support, it is “expected the field will now be down to just” Utah and Sapporo, Japan,...

Investment bank Stifel backs USSS in four-year deal

Morning Buzz / Friday, October 28, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard signed a wide-ranging sponsorship deal with investment bank Stifel, which will become the title sponsor of the U.S. alpine ski team. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, but USSS CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said the Stifel sponsorship is the largest for the...

USOPP concludes partner summit in L.A., hands out partner awards

Daily / Thursday, October 27, 2022
LOS ANGELES -- LA28 and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Partners yesterday concluded their two-day partner summit in L.A. and last night hosted the third annual partner awards. The event marked LA28’s first formal, in-person summit and was the first time the organizing committee gathered its sponsors in...
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