Haas earns third gold at world meet

2 Longhorns help U.S. women win sil­ver in bas­ket­ball.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man Staff

Texas swim­mer Town­ley Haas picked up his third gold medal and fifth over­all Sun­day at the world cham­pi­onships.

Team USA won the gold in the 400-me­ter med­ley re­lay on the meet’s fi­nal day at Budapest, Hun­gary, but Haas earned his medal by com­pet­ing in the event’s pre­lim­i­nary round. He helped the team to a top qual­i­fy­ing time of 3 min­utes, 29.66 sec­onds with an an­chor split of 47.24 sec­onds.

The team of Matt Gre­vers, Kevin Cordes, Caeleb Dres­sel and Nathan Adrian earned the gold medal for Team USA with a time of 3:27.91.

Great Bri­tain won sil­ver in 3:28.95, while Rus­sia rounded out the awards podium in 3:29.76.

Haas also won golds in the 400 freestyle re­lay and 400 mixed freestyle re­lay.

Women’s bas­ket­ball: Texas’ Ale­cia Sut­ton had 11 points and three re­bounds and Joyner Holmes added seven re­bounds in 14 min­utes Sun­day in Team USA’s 86-82 loss to Rus­sia in the gold medal game of the U19 Women’s World Cup in Italy.

Team USA went 6-1 over­all. The sil­ver medal was the team’s ninth medal of all time (seven golds, one sil­ver and one bronze).

Holmes led the U.S. team by av­er­ag­ing 8.7 re­bounds dur­ing the tour­na­ment, and she was third on the team with an av­er­age of 9.0 points. Sut­ton started all seven games, av­er­ag­ing 8.0 points and 3.1 re­bounds.

For­mer Longhorns All-Amer­i­can Kamie Ethridge served as an as­sis­tant coach for Team USA.

Track and field: Texas’ Steele Wasik fin­ished 11th in the de­cathlon at the Thorpe Cup, an an­nual U.S. vs. Ger­many com­bined events com­pe­ti­tion in Ger­many.

Wasik, the Big 12 de­cathlon cham­pion, also posted a per­sonal best in the shot put at 47-1.75, which was tops in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ger­many beat Team USA in the team com­pe­ti­tion, its 10th Thorpe de­cathlon ti­tle. Team USA has won 13.

Its con­tri­bu­tion could jump to at least $2 bil­lion by 2028 be­cause of ad­just­ments to the amount of spon­sor­ship money L.A. would re­ceive.

The city will also have the op­tion of sell­ing do­mes­tic spon­sor­ships in any cat­e­gories that re­main un­claimed by the IOC’s in­ter­na­tional cor­po­rate part­ners.

Olympic of­fi­cials also waived var­i­ous pay­ments that could ul­ti­mately save L.A. or­ga­niz­ers tens of mil­lions. Un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, cities awarded the Games must be­gin prepa­ra­tions im­me­di­ately but do not re­ceive the ma­jor­ity of their IOC con­tri­bu­tions un­til a cou­ple of years be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony. For 2028, the IOC agreed to ad­vance L.A. a $180 mil­lion in­ter­est-free loan im­me­di­ately. That is ex­pected to cover the or­ga­niz­ing’s com­mit­tee’s costs for op­er­at­ing an ex­tra four years and pump as much as $160 mil­lion into youth sports.

In Olympic cir­cles, such pub­lic ben­e­fits are re­ferred to as “legacy” and usu­ally oc­cur only af­ter the Games have fin­ished and left town.

Garcetti, who has spo­ken of­ten in re­cent weeks about his de­sire for a more timely im­pact, pre­dicted that youth pro­grams could see in­creased fund­ing within 12 months.

“I want some­thing for the peo­ple of L.A. now,” the mayor said. “I want the ex­cite­ment to build.”

But bid lead­ers seemed most en­thu­si­as­tic about an el­e­ment of the agree­ment that would have to wait un­til af­ter the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

Their bid es­ti­mate in­cludes a $487.6 mil­lion con­tin­gency — money that would be set aside to pay for the sort of cost over­runs that have plagued re­cent Games, leav­ing hosts with sub­stan­tial deficits.

Olympic ex­perts have said that L.A. could be dif­fer­ent be­cause its plan re­lies on ex­ist­ing venues such as Staples Cen­ter, Pauley Pav­il­ion and the Coli­seum. It avoids spend­ing bil­lions to con­struct new sta­di­ums and are­nas. Fur­ther sav­ings would arise from hous­ing ath­letes and me­dia at UCLA and USC rather than build­ing vil­lages.

If the Games fin­ish at or un­der bud­get, the $487 mil­lion con­tin­gency would con­vert to a sur­plus — sim­i­lar to the one left by the 1984 Los An­ge­les Games — and L.A. of­fi­cials have struck a deal to keep most of that money. With the IOC waiv­ing its cus­tom­ary right to 20 percent of any sur­plus, the re­sult­ing amount could to­tal $100 mil­lion or more.

Still, ac­cept­ing the 2028 Sum­mer Games is risky. Pol­i­tics and economies can make huge shifts over a decade. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games of­fered a re­cent ex­am­ple — the Brazil­ian econ­omy, boom­ing a few years ear­lier, suf­fered a slump that left or­ga­niz­ers mak­ing last-minute cut­backs and scram­bling to pay their bills.

L.A. or­ga­niz­ers will also have to rene­go­ti­ate con­tracts with all the venues, shift­ing to a new date. Wasser­man said talks are al­ready un­der­way.

Fi­nally, the City Coun­cil will have to dive back into the is­sue af­ter of­fer­ing its sup­port for 2024 ear­lier this year. An ad hoc com­mit­tee is sched­uled to re­con­vene later this week.

Garcetti and Wasser­man said they are con­fi­dent that they can reach an ac­cord with all par­ties — which in­clude state and fed­eral of­fi­cials — be­fore the IOC meets in mid-Septem­ber. At that point, IOC mem­bers will be asked to vote their ap­proval and L.A. must sign the re­vised host city con­tract, mak­ing the deal of­fi­cial.

In a state­ment, the Paris bid com­mit­tee wel­comed the an­nounce­ment in Los An­ge­les but stopped short of con­firm­ing the ob­vi­ous: that Paris is in line for the 2024 Games.


A scene from open­ing cer­e­monies at the Coli­seum on June 28, 1984, when Los An­ge­les last hosted the Olympics. The Games will re­turn in 2028.


Texas’ Town­ley Haas won three re­lay gold medals as part of the U.S. team at the World Cham­pi­onships in Hun­gary.

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