Saturday, April 14, 2007

USOC selects Chicago as official US bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

From ESPN:
The Windy City beat out Los Angeles on Saturday as the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Summer Games. Chicago's likely competition will include Madrid, Prague, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. The IOC will decide in October 2009.

I have to say in complete honestly as a Southern California resident and a fan of the Olympic games that I'm disappointed that Los Angeles didn't win the opportunity to compete for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. But in all fairness it looks like Chicago put together a more compelling bid. It seems as though Los Angeles was resting on their laurels and didn't put their best foot forward. For a basic example compare the logos the cities created. Chicago's is nice and eloquent and seems recognizable as an Olympic logo while LA's was plain and drab and seemed to have no connection with the Olympics. Even New York's failed bid for the 2012 Olympics put together a more compelling logo...

Good luck to the city of Chicago... really... you'll need it... you're up against some pretty stiff competition. It would be nice to see the summer games in the USA again, so bring this one home for us all.

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