- Rio de Janeiro
Then, the big surprise of today: Chicago was the first of the four cities to be eliminated in the IOC's voting. Rio beat out Madrid in the end. The footage of the Rio delegation celebrating was fun -- they were clearly very excited.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, whose name I had not heard for many years, issued a hospital-bed appeal for IOC members to vote for Madrid. This was an interesting detail, as Samaranch was always portrayed as the ultimate sports-organization politician -- I guess the wisdom was that he represented either the best or the worst of the Olympic movement, depending on one's perspective.
312. Will Pittsburgh really submit a bid to host the Olympics in 2020? The Chicago Tribune is reporting tonight that Chicago will probably not be a candidate in 2020.