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The 2016 Olympic Bid: Wanting Vs. Needing Chicago

By steve raquel On October - 1 - 2009
Within the next 24 hours, the International Olympic Committee will be selecting the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  For those of us in Chicago, the anticipation can’t be any higher. As one who has worked on or for four different Olympic Games since 1996, including a front row seat during the Salt Lake City bid scandal, I believe the 2016 Summer Games host city will come down to this simple question: Does the Olympic Movement want or really need Chicago? I believe they want Rio, but they need Chicago.  Actually, they really need Chicago. While the media will focus on the strength ...
Last year, I spent 18 weeks waking up at 5:00 am each morning to train for one of the most incredible experiences one can have in their lifetime—running the Chicago Marathon. It had been on my bucket list for many years and after completing a half-marathon the year prior, I rustled up the courage to go for broke and accomplished my first marathon. As those of you who've also done it, it is an incredible experience I will never forget and hopefully do again.  As I think about all of those brave souls getting ready for this year's Chicago Marathon, I thought ...

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