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SBD Global/February 4, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Stars Of London Games Head For Olympic Job Center

For athletes who competed in the London Games, the only real legacy is "a daily visit to the job centre." Some 150 Olympians and Paralympians went to Reading, England's Madejski Stadium last month, "trying to find out if there is a working life after sport" at an inaugural Athlete Career Fair, held for those who wish to keep competing and those who have retired. The fair, a joint initiative by the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association, UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, is "a continuation of the EIS Performance Lifestyle programme," which has been running since '04 to help athletes find work after retiring from sport (London INDEPENDENT, 2/3). ... Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov promised that his city "won’t experience the snow shortages during the 2014 Winter Olympics," which "caused a major headache for the organizers" of the previous Games in Vancouver. Pakhomov: "As for the snow, there won't be any risks -- we're not even worried about it. Of course, we all saw the problems in Vancouver, but we have more natural snow here in February, and every track has its own snow machine (RUSSIA TODAY, 2/1).

The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) has "agreed to make the proposal for the additional disciplines in Brazil." The UCI will "bid for points races to return, plus an extension to the BMX and mountain-bike programmes," which featured one discipline at the London Games (BBC, 2/3). ... IOC President Jacques Rogge said that the Olympic body "will consider whether to help fund a truth-and-reconciliation process in cycling." Rogge said that he has not received a request from the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) to help fund the process, "but the IOC would consider the possibility" (AP, 2/1).
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