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Old 10-02-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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If by "FREE publicity" you are referring to the media attention surrounding the host city selection, then it was anything but. Placing an official bid and promoting a city to the IOC cost the city of Chicago around $100 million.
I meant free publicity compared to what would be needed to actually have an Olympics. One can only imagine how much the Chinese government spent to throw the Summer Olympics in Beijing. I doubt if Chicago and Illinois could have had the same support from our broke Federal government.

In any case, just the amount of police overtime needed for WEEKS (not a single day like most events) to protect the Olympics would be staggering.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:47 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Uhhh....the Los Angeles Olympics was one of the most successful Olympic games in history. It's the reason there is incredible competition for host cities today.
Look at the response before the one you responded to.
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Were you sour because Chicago beat out L.A. as the US candidate city?
LA has already hosted the Olympics TWICE, which is the primary reason Chicago was chosen as the U.S. bid city this time around. They deserved a chance to compete for the games, but failed. It's really no big surprise.

I think Rio was the real frontrunner all along. I never believed all the hype in the U.S. that Chicago was the favorite. Considering the source, U.S. media, what would you expect. All they do these days is opine incessantly with no hard facts or evidence to support their claims.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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Atlanta managed to do just fine back in 1996, and NYC already lost the 2012 bid to London.
That was a long time ago.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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With the last time being 25 years ago; it's possible he/she wasn't even born yet or was too young to remember the '84 games (I know I was; I was only 4 years old at the time). This was an entirely new bid.
I can't help your unfamiliarity with the subject, your prior statement about L.A. being sour is pretty laughable though. L.A. is what a lot of the modern games are modeled on...L.A. rejuvenated the entire U.S. in the state of the olympics, considering we boycotted the one prior in the heat of the Cold War.
Nice try though!

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It's so sad...in every other country around the world, the city's bid is a national event that people of that country take pride in and support. In the U.S., support is scant outside of the bid city.

Some of us regular folks all across the U.S. were very much in support of Chicago's bid and were very disappointed in the outcome today.
While this may be true... U.S. isn't really bonded like other countries... I remember being in Paris summer of 2005 when London got the olympics...it was a big deal and people were pissed off.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:26 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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LA has already hosted the Olympics TWICE, which is the primary reason Chicago was chosen as the U.S. bid city this time around. They deserved a chance to compete for the games, but failed. It's really no big surprise.

I think Rio was the real frontrunner all along. I never believed all the hype in the U.S. that Chicago was the favorite. Considering the source, U.S. media, what would you expect. All they do these days is opine incessantly with no hard facts or evidence to support their claims.
It never was... I voted against it with all those poll people summer of 2008 in Chicago... it wouldn't have been a good thing exactly, just my opinion though. But yes not a surprise if you were actually following IOC... and if you look at history Chicago has been a final candidate city 4 times now yet has lost every time.

Detroit, believe it or not has been a final candidate 7 times and never got it... Perhaps the USOC is running the wrong cities???
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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San Francisco would be great to hold the Olympics. Sucks for Chicago but I though Rio was the front runner for a long time as well. Oh and don't bring up 2020 because the US won't be getting that one either.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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LA has already hosted the Olympics TWICE, which is the primary reason Chicago was chosen as the U.S. bid city this time around.
That doesn't mean that some Los Angeleans might not have been sour that they didn't win the bid, because some certainly were.

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They deserved a chance to compete for the games, but failed. It's really no big surprise.
I agree.

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I think Rio was the real frontrunner all along. I never believed all the hype in the U.S. that Chicago was the favorite. Considering the source, U.S. media, what would you expect. All they do these days is opine incessantly with no hard facts or evidence to support their claims.
I tend to agree with that as well.

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Old 10-03-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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I can't help your unfamiliarity with the subject, your prior statement about L.A. being sour is pretty laughable though. L.A. is what a lot of the modern games are modeled on...L.A. rejuvenated the entire U.S. in the state of the olympics, considering we boycotted the one prior in the heat of the Cold War. Nice try though!
Apparently you weren't aware that some Los Angeleans were sour that Chicago was picked over LA as the US bid city. As a matter of fact, for those who were a bit sour about it, it was for the very exact reasons you give: "Los Angeles is an Olympic city and has hosted the very successful '84 games. We have a proven track record. How could they have chosen Chicago over us?" I heard this sentiment expressed on other forums that I frequent when it was announced that Chicago beat out LA, so I know what I'm talking about. All I was suggesting is that perhaps TheRealAngelion could have been among that crowd. Maybe he's not, but that's why I asked in the first place.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Looks like the Chicago outfit is losing it's influence and what ever happened to the Daley Machine?
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