Garcetti, Allyson Felix, Bach, Michael Johnson at the Olympic Museum track // Getty Images

2024 Bid Cities

LA or Paris? The strategic play? Or emotional?

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — In a Samaranch-style bit of kabuki theater, the decision itself having been ordained long ago, the full membership of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the double allocation of the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to the last two cities standing in the campaign, Los Angeles and Paris.

In theory, the IOC will announce whether it’s LA first and Paris next, or vice-versa, at another all-members assembly in Lima, Peru, on September 13. In reality, this decision has been ordained as well. Paris almost surely will get 2024, LA 2028. This deal will be done in just weeks, maybe even before the calendar turns to August, and if you have noted that U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to visit France on Bastille Day, July 14, well, maybe that is some strategic thinking there.

IOC president Thomas Bach // IOC

2024 Bid Cities

A tale of two not-the-same cities

You know that feeling you have in the morning when you wake up and, groggy, you’re fumbling in the darkness, and you grab a pair of socks from your drawer, and you think — you think — you have a pair that matches but you’re not sure because one might be navy blue and one might be black?

Like, you are pretty sure they’re the same but, hmm? You turn on the iPhone light. Whatever. Close enough.

A 2004 view of Hilmer Lodge stadium at Mt. SAC // Getty Images

2020 Track Trials

A SoCal-style, must-see Trials: Trackchella!

All along, the good people in Eugene, Oregon, have said that the dream has been to grow the sport of track and field in the United States of America. Follow the logic. That means: Eugene as the base but, you know, get it out of Eugene.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field made it emphatic: dreams can come true.

Justin Gatlin after the 2017 U.S. outdoor championships

Track and field

Time for this 9-second reminder: Justin Gatlin is real, and genuine

SACRAMENTO, California — Five years ago, on the last night of July, Bruce Springsteen played an epic show in Helsinki, more than four hours, his longest show ever.

He and the E Street Band played 33 songs, one of which, My City of Ruins, ran to 18 minutes and 26 seconds. That song, as Bruce describes it that night, was originally written about his New Jersey hometown “trying to get back on its feet” but had since become about so much more: “what you lose, what you hold onto, the spirits that remain forever and the things you have to let go.”

Marie Jose Perec, Teddy RIner, Renaud Lavillenie, Nicolas Batum, Sarah Ourhamoune during the Olympic Day, Paris Olympic Park comes to life for Olympic Day on June 23, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport

2024 Bid Cities

Los Angeles, Paris, Kigali and celebrating Olympism

Before Rod Stewart got all weird, writing stuff like Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, or doing lovestruck Van Morrison covers, like Have I Told You Lately, he did some pretty cool songs, like 1971’s Every Picture Tells a Story.

Don’t it?