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Chicago’s 2016 Bid Demise Is Poetic Justice for Los Angeles

By Jo-Ryan Salazar On October - 2 - 2009

Now I don't know about you, but the fact that Chicago got eliminated in the first round of voting is a sign of redemption.

Here's the thing: Chicago and Los Angeles were vying to be the US Candidate City for the 2016 Olympic Games, which went to Rio de Janeiro as all of you should know. Los Angeles was ready for these games. Just about all the venues for the events were set up.

Not a lot of money needed to be spent, maybe just for a few new venues.

But no, the United States Olympic Committee decided to wag the proverbial middle finger and give the Candidate City honors to Chi-town, Barack Obama's stomping grounds.

That was a big mistake. Even a rally monkey from Anaheim would have had better sense to commit suicide by selecting the Windy City over La-La Land.

I mean, how the bloody heck would a city that does not have a strong case have even a hair of a chance of winning the 2016 Olympic Games? I was an opponent of having the Games in Chicago immediately after the USOC made their announcement.

I personally wanted Tokyo to win this because they were a safe option, but the IOC voted Rio simply because South America never got a chance to ho...

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