USOC in Chicago for 2016 Olympic Strategy Meetings
than a month after the United States Olympic Committee picked Chicago
as its 2016 Summer Olympic bid city, the two groups begin this week to
coordinate the working relationship that will be in place throughout
the Chicago candidacy.
An 11-member USOC delegation, including CEO Jim Scherr and COO Norm
Bellingham, is to have an informal dinner Monday with Chicago 2016
officials and eight hours of meetings Tuesday.[/q]
UPDATE: The US Olympic Committee has spoken: Chicago will be the USA's candidate city for the 2016 Summer Olympics:
beat Los Angeles on Saturday in a U.S. Olympic Committee vote to pick a
candidate for the 2016 Summer Games.
Chicago, which has never held an Olympics, now will try to persuade
the International Olympic Committee that it deserves to be the host,
joining a group of bidders expected to include Madrid, Prague, Rome,
Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.[/q]
PREVIOUSLY: The US is back in the Olympic bidding arena after London snatched the summer games for 2012.
Representatives from Chicago gave the city's final pitch for being a candidate to host the 2016 Summer Games, then waited Saturday while their Los Angeles counterparts had a turn before the U.S. Olympic Committee was to vote.
Each city was giving a 40-minute presentation to the 11-member USOC board of directors, which was to announce a decision later Saturday.
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Chicago has never hosted the Olympics; Los Angeles staged the 1932 and 1984 Summer Games.
Chicago went first Saturday, and its bid committee chairman, Patrick Ryan, said topics covered by USOC questions included venue plans, security and financial guarantees.
"They were just subjects we expected they would want to get clarification on,'' Ryan said.
Mayor Richard Daley called it a "friendly atmosphere.''
Either Chicago or Los Angeles will go into a list of candidates for the 2016 Olympics, a group expected to include Madrid, Prague, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee will award the 2016 Olympics in October 2009.