This may bother some of you non-Chicago-centric types, but the Illinois city was just picked as a finalist in the Olympics bidding.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Chicago was among the four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates from the United States, Europe and Asia.OK, so Chicago still may be a long shot, but it won’t hurt it any being the new American president’s hometown and all.
Also making the IOC shortlist were Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The finalists now advance to a 16-month race that will culminate on Oct. 2, 2009, with a secret ballot by the full IOC at its session in Copenhagen, Denmark.
An IOC evalutation report assessing the technical merits of each bid ranked Tokyo with the top overall marks, followed closely by Madrid. Chicago and Doha were tied for third, with Rio fourth. Prague and Baku were sixth and seventh.