Notes: US pondering 2024 Olympic bid

United States Olympic leaders are sounding out international officials in Sochi about a potential American bid for the Games — and the feedback is positive.

The US Olympic Committee is currently weighing a possible run for the 2024 Summer Games. If that’s ruled out, the 2026 Winter Olympics would be an option.

Sochi is giving USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun the chance to talk informally with the voting members of the International Olympic Committee.


‘‘We can get some really good input: Is it time for a US bid and, if so, where should it come from?’’ Blackmun said Tuesday. ‘‘I think people genuinely would like to see a US bid. There are some that think winter would be better than summer and some who think summer would be better than winter.

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‘‘There’s a recognition that the US is an important market, and at some point in the future, the Games should go back there.’’

The US hasn’t hosted the Summer Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games. The last Winter Games in the US were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

The US was shot down by the IOC in its two most recent bids, with New York rejected for the 2012 Olympics and Chicago for 2016.

Quick to start for US

Jonathan Quick was sitting and stretching before practice when US hockey coach Dan Bylsma skated toward him. Bylsma leaned over and told him he was starting against Slovakia in the Americans’ Olympic opener Thursday.


‘‘I'm fortunate for the opportunity,’’ Quick said. ‘‘And I'll just try to make the most of it.’’

Bylsma declined to say who will be the team’s goaltender for the other preliminary-round games, which includes a key matchup with Russia on Saturday.

‘‘We have plans for Game 1,’’ Bylsma said Wednesday after practice.

Quick is getting the nod instead of Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.

Miller helped the Americans win silver and was the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics when Quick was their No. 3 goalie.


Quick won the Conn Smythe as MVP of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs when he helped the Kings become the only eighth-seeded team to win a championship.

Meanwhile, goalie Carey Price will start Canada’s Olympic opener against Norway on Thursday, and Roberto Luongo will start Friday against Austria.

Russian carried off hill

Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin was carried off the hill by paramedics after falling upon landing during training Wednesday night for the individual large hill event at the Sochi Olympics.

Paramedics immobilized Maksimochkin with a neck and back brace and strapped him down on a stretcher before taking him away.

He was later taken from the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in an ambulance escorted by a police car. His condition was not immediately known.

The incident came after high winds delayed the start of the first round and forced the cancellation of a third round.

The training jump continued after Maksimochkin was taken from the hill. He was the 37th of 70 scheduled jumpers in the round.

The gold medal in the large hill will be awarded Saturday night.

Goergl rips test timing

The Austrian Olympic Committee has filed a complaint with the IOC after Alpine skier Elisabeth Goergl was drug-tested the night before the women’s downhill.

The Austrian committee said doping officials visited the 2010 bronze medalist at 10:55 p.m. local time for an unannounced test, and it interrupted her preparations. Goergl finished 16th in the race that started at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

‘‘At 11 last night the doping officials were with me,’’ Goergl told Austrian TV. ‘‘I think that’s not very fair. I told them it’s not OK what they were doing.’’

In an e-mail, the IOC said the test has been carried out ‘‘within the IOC rules and in accordance with the WADA International Standard for Testing.’’

Somber anniversary

The doubles luge competition was held on a somber anniversary for the luging community. Four years ago at the Vancouver Games, Georgian luger Nodar Kumarishtavili was killed when he was thrown from his sled at more than 90 miles per hour and struck his head on an exposed steel pole near the finish line of the Whistler Sliding Center track . . . Georgia called on foreign visitors to the Winter Olympics to keep out of Abkhazia, a Russia-aligned breakaway territory just south of Sochi along the Black Sea coast. The International Olympic Committee, however, said there was no reason not to go to Abkhazia. Only Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and two Pacific island nations have recognized Abkhazia as an independent country . . . An activist who shed light on the environmental impact of Olympic construction in Sochi was ordered to serve three years in prison for spray-painting a fence. A court in the regional capital of Krasnodar converted the suspended sentence given to Yevgeny Vitishko in 2012 into a prison term, according to his lawyer, Alexander Popkov. ‘‘We expected it and so did [Vitishko],’’ Popkov said, adding the ruling confirms suspicions that Vitishko is ‘‘persecuted for his activities.’’