Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport:
Monday: While Monday’s selection between Milan-Cortina and Stockholm-Are for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is getting all the headlines, the membership of the International Olympic Committee will then consider more major reforms in the bidding process. In fact, Monday’s vote might be the last-ever contested selection for an Olympic host!
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Friday: Sensational women’s 100 m final at the Jamaican nationals, with Rio 2016 100 m champ Elaine Thompson out-leaning 2008-12 Olympic gold winner Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce as both were timed in a world-leading 10.73! Plus more Russian doping, a possible new inquiry into the United States Olympic Committee, which is now the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
Sunday: World-leading heptathlon for Belgium’s Olympic and World Champion Nafi Thiam at Decastar in France, while a new star is emerging in the decathlon: Canada’s Pierce LePage.
Sunday: The U.S. men had never won a FIBA 3×3 World Cup title in the previous five editions of the championships. But that’s over now, thanks to Canyon Barry, Damon Huffman, Robbie Hummel and Kareem Maddox, who swept through the tournament undefeated and won not only the championship, but a berth in Tokyo in 2020!
Sunday: Difficult conditions at the Slalom course in Bratislava (SVK), but Germany’s World Champion Franz Anton managed a win in the second World Cup. There were new winners and new first-time World Cup medal winners, plus a 15-year-old American paddler made the final in her first World Cup appearance!
Sunday: The 83rd Tour de Suisse turned out to be a tour de force for Colombia’s young star Egan Bernal, who has finished 1-3-1 in his three World Tour multi-stage races this season. Is he the one to watch now at the Tour de France?
Friday: The oddsmakers were impressed with the U.S. women in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, and have made them the favorites to win the title, with France a close second. There are even odds on who will be the tournament’s top scorer!
Sunday: It doesn’t make up for the infamous 2017 loss that kept the U.S. out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but the U.S. men’s National Team pounded Trinidad & Tobago, 6-0, in Cleveland, in its second group-stage game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It put the U.S. through to the knock-out round and showcased a much-appreciated, more-attacking style from the U.S. Gyasi Zardes had two goals, as did defender Aaron Long.
Sunday: Australia and New Zealand claimed three wins each in the open divisions of the World Rowing World Cup in Poland, including a gold-medal return for Kiwi single sculler Emma Twigg, who hadn’t raced since the Rio Olympics!
Sunday: The defending champion U.S. women completed the round-robin section of the FIVB National League with the co-best record at 12-3 and advanced to the finals that will be held in China.
Highlights of the coming week, with full coverage in TheSportsExaminer.com:
● IOC: The host for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games will be selected Monday in Lausanne.
● Athletics: The only IAAF Diamond League in the U.S. comes to Stanford next Sunday!
● Football: The FIFA Women’s World Cup continues in the elimination rounds.
As well as coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and a lot more!