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    The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

    Boston had been the United States' selection in the ongoing bidding process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but on Monday, Boston's mayor threw the brakes on the city's bid plans. Soon afterward, the United States Olympic Committee announced it is ending its bid to bring the Games to the city.

    Boston mayor Marty Walsh had said he cannot automatically commit to signing the host city bid should Boston win the right to host the Games. Walsh expressed concern about a provision which requires the host city to cover any cost overruns, a requirement which could prove financially burdensome to Boston.

    "I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk," Walsh said in a Monday morning press conference. While Boston's Olympic organizing group had pledged an insurance policy would cover cost overruns, Walsh said his office has been unable to conclude whether such a policy would be feasible and would sufficiently protect the

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  • Antoine Truchon leaps to a third-place finish in during the snowboard big air final Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Quebec City. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)Antoine Truchon leaps to a third-place finish in during the snowboard big air final Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Quebec City. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)Four events will premier at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee announced Monday that snowboard big air, mixed doubles curling, mass start long-track speed skating, and an alpine skiing team event will make their debut.

    It will be the first time that there are 100 medal events at a Winter Olympics, according to NBC. The total is now 102. The alpine skiing team event and mixed doubles curling bring the co-ed event total to seven.

    The IOC also voted to remove snowboard parallel slalom, which was competed for the first time at the Sochi Olympics. 

    Big air snowboarding will bring a lot of tricks to the Olympics, with snowboarders completing tricks similar to those in slopestyle. While only men compete in snowboarding big air at the X Games, it has been approved for men and women to compete in Pyeongchang. 

    The addition of mixed doubles curling could help Hungary win its first Winter Olympic medal since 1980. The country, along with

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  • Michael Phelps checks his time in the 200 freestyle in a preliminary race at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte, N.C, Friday, May 15, 2015. Phelps qualified fourteenth with a time of 1:51:44. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Michael Phelps checks his time in the 200 freestyle in a preliminary race at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte, N.C, Friday, May 15, 2015. Phelps qualified fourteenth with a time of 1:51:44. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Michael Phelps turned in his worst performance since the 2000 Olympics over the weekend. He placed third, seventh, ninth, ninth, and 11th in his five events at a Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    According to NBC, it was the first time Phelps has not placed first or second in any events at a single meet since the 2000 Olympics. Failing to make the final heats in the 100m free or 200m individual medley, he told media at the event that he missed swimming against his usual rivals. 

    “What I want most is to be racing the competition I need to be racing,” Phelps said. “Not taking away anything from the B heat, but I want to race Ryan [Lochte] and those guys.”

    Phelps said he was frustrated, that he felt like his legs weren’t connected to his upper body, his dolphin kicks were “horrendous,” his freestyle stroke was “pretty garbage” and that he had to reassess “a bunch of stuff.”

    “After seeing the performance of some of the people that we’ve seen this weekend, I think it’s

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  • Japanese figure skater Mao Asada speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, May 18, 2015. Olympic silver medalist Asada will attempt a comeback to competitive skating after taking a year off from the sport. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Asada said she misses competition and decided by herself to attempt a comeback. (Kyodo News via AP) Japanese figure skater Mao Asada speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, May 18, 2015. Olympic silver medalist Asada will attempt a comeback to competitive skating after taking a year off from the sport. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Asada said she misses competition and decided by herself to attempt a comeback. (Kyodo News via AP) After a year off from competition, three-time world champion Mao Asada announced Monday morning that she's coming back to the sport. 

    ''As time passed, I realized that I missed competing and wanted the sense of fulfillment again,'' she said. ''I'm practicing every day to get back into competitive form again.''

    The Japanese skater captured silver in Vancouver in 2010. She finished sixth in Sochi.

    Asada would have been the heavy favorite in 2006. Only 15 years old at the time, though, she missed the Olympic age cut-off by less than a month. By 2010 there was no stopping South Korea's Kim Yuna, who won in Vancouver by a margin of more than 20 points.

    Despite the final score, Asada remains the only woman to land three triple-axels in a single competition.At the 2014 World Championships, she set a new world record for ladies' short program score.

    Asada, 24, said she hasn't yet thought about the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

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  • When your dad's an Olympic gold medalist, nothing is typical. Not even the simple act of pulling out a loose tooth.

    Former decathlete Bryan Clay, who gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, made sure daughter Ellie will never forget losing her tooth. He tied one end of a string to a javelin, the other to her tooth. The rest is fairily self explanatory.

    If you're squemish, maybe don't watch this video. Ellie looks slightly terrified at first, but then she smiles and say "bye" to the tooth.

    The best part is that Ellie didn't even seem to feel it. After her dad tossed it, her mom asks if it came out. 

    "It did!" she says, seeming just as surprised as everyone else as she touches her finger to the gap where her tooth used to be.

    Like everything posted online, the video drew some criticism. 

    Fans jumped in

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