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October 02, 2009


Constant Gina

This is an obvious decision...who would choose Chicago over Rio De Janero?? wtf

Richard Prouty

According to the reports I've read, Chicago came closer to winning than the voting would indicate, and Rio only emerged as a favorite within the last 6 weeks or so.

An IOC faction wanted to put the games in South America, so they lobbied heavily against Chicago, which was regarded as Rio's biggest threat. No one claimed Rio had the best presentation, while Chicago's was called the best by a US city in decades. The IOC wanted South American Games, and that was that.

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