Media Watch -- Road to Sochi; Boston's "Olympic Dream"

(ATR) The Sochi Olympics will be the first to incorporate women’s ski jumping…The media scrutinizes Boston’s “lofty Olympic dream.”

Athletes on the Road to Sochi

United States ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson tells The New York Times, "For women’s ski jumping, this is the year to compete." The 2014 Winter Olympics is the first Games to incorporate the event. The US women’s ski jumping team has gained Olympic status, and now five members say they "just want to win."

The Telegraph discusses a new documentary revealing "threats and corruption" behind the upcoming Sochi Games.

Russian athletes can look forward to "win bonuses" at the 2014 Winter Games. Fan Sided reporter Josh Sanchez says, "gold medalists will receive around $122,000, silver medalists will receive $76,000, and bronze medalists will get a $46,000 bonus."

Olympic speedskater Blake Skjellerup could become the first openly gay athlete to compete in Sochi, and he tells The Guardian he wants Russian President Vladimir Putin "to get to know him."

The New York Timesexplores "where curling stones are born."

Potential 2024 Olympic Bids

The Boston Globe’s John Powers asks the city’s businessmen a "multibillion-dollar question" ahead of Boston’s potential bid for the 2024 Summer Games: "Will a city that historically has refused to spend public money on stadia, ballparks, and arenas write a blank check for the Olympics?"

The Boston Herald says the city’s "lofty Olympic dream could turn into a multibillion-dollar money pit."

IOC president Thomas Bach is "pleased" with a potential 2024 bid from Italy, and also says it is "time for the United States to present a strong bid."

In Other News

"It seemed like a perfect day at the beach in Rio de Janeiro," Associated Press reporter Jenny Barchfield writes. However on November 20, a seemingly tranquil day at Arpoador beach was interrupted by "dozens of marauding youths" who snatched up bags and wallets from beachgoers. Incidents like this were "once a hair-raisingly frequent occurrence," and raise concerns for a city set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

The 25th William Hill prize for sports book of the year will be given out on Wednesday. Financial Times writer Simon Kuper says that "since rowing coach Dan Topolski won the first award in 1989, sporting literature has blossomed in Britain and around Europe." Kuper points out that the sports-book genre "has risen sevenfold in status in 20 years," which according to him, "sounds about right."

Compiled byNicole Bennett.

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