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At the risk of upsetting some of my American friends, I have to say that, while I empathize with any disappointment they may feel, I'm quite glad that the Chicago lost its bid to hold the Olympic games in 2016. 

Now, before the flaming starts, let me explain.

I could be wrong, but I think the star-studded cast who turned out on  behalf of the US may actually have turned some of the committee against them.  After all, if the games are seen to go to the city which can produce the highest profile celebrities, there'd be something amiss.

Personally, I'm hoping the games go to Rio*, and South America gets to host it's first Olympics.

Just my opinion.  What do you think?

*  ETA:  Just heard Rio has won.  Yay!  

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Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Totally. Go Rio! (please don't tell anyone else from Argentina that I'm rooting for Brazil...).
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Lol. Your secret's safe with me ;)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
great news
I think it's great Rio de Janero (is that the right spelling?) got the games - woo-hoo! - first time in South America they said on the radio. They're also doing the soccer or something aren't they?
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: great news
Yeah, I think that's the 2014 World cup. Should be an exciting time for Brazil :)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I am happy not to have to worry about security. Plus, it could make us look really bad if we don't want to let certain people into the country because of their political views/affiliations and then they claimed they were deprived of being able to watch the Olympics. The games have been terrorist targets in the past; I am all for letting someone else share the risk as well as the glory for a while.
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm being naive I know, but since Brazil is a ralatively poor country, it'd be nice if the more wealthy nations chipped in towards the cost. Especially since the infrastructure improvements will last long after they switch off the lights go out after the final event.

Now wouldn't that be showing the old Olympic spirit?
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I would go for that, esp. as the alternative is that Brazil will chop down a big chunk of rain forest to pay for it.

Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I really have no opinion on the matter of Chicago, but I am glad that South America is getting a stab at Olympic mayhem.
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I bet the opening ceremony will be a classic :)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Probably a lot of boobs and butts. :-P
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
And some of them will be women ;)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hahahahhaaa! You made me snort iced tea out my nose!
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Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Do you think the Oprah/Obama efforts made a difference either way?
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Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
To be fair, I think he was in a no-win situation. After all, he's a Chicago politician. Besides, I'm sure the spin doctors will turn his trip into a positive somehow.
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I wanted Rio to get it to, South America deserves a shot at the following bankrupcy as well :0)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the budget estimates have tripled since for the London games.

Edited at 2009-10-02 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely in favor of it moving around the world a bit more than it has done in the last several decades, so hooray for Rio!
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
I'm thrilled for Brazil :)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I was pulling for Rio from the start, and, if I had wanted to, I'm close enough I could have driven to Chicago. I'd still rather see it on TV in Rio!
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
I've a feeling it's going to be spectacular :)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I have friends in Chicago, and one of them is a guy who works to preserve Chicago's existing parks and woodland preserves (of which there are actually some -- the city is known for it.)

The proposed site was a park which would have been leveled to make room for venues. So he is happy they are not in Chicago.

And this will bring the number of continents that have not hosted the Olympics down to two. And one of those could only host the Winter Games, and they would be, well, X-Treme.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
I didn't know about the park levelling thing.

Also, I guess there'd have been plenty of money going Chicago's way if they'd won, which would have helped jobs/economy wise, but still, something about all those non-athlete celebrities pitching in on behalf of Chicago and other cities, made me uncomfortable.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they hardly wanted to make the park-leveling plan public, because they'd lose a lot of support. I suspect even most (or possibly all) of the celebrities didn't know about it, either. I might not have without the guy afore-mentioned guy.
Oct. 5th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
And this will bring the number of continents that have not hosted the Olympics down to two.

Which continents are those? Africa and ...? Antarctica I suppose. (Oh! I just re-read that; I missed the comment about the Winter Games first time!)

It is shameful that South America hasn't hosted before, but also understandable since they've only just in the last few years been able to pull out of their capitalist disasters and resurrect their economies. This is like a way to celebrate for the entire continent, and that's exciting!

Edited at 2009-10-05 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree with you. I also thought Rio was the best choice, because it's about time there was an Olympics on that continent.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm sure they'll put on quite a show :)
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I am ecstatic that Rio has its first Olympics. We've had it enough times here to where we can afford to share. Let other countries in on it too, for Pete's sake!
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
I'm hoping some of the countries will chip in to help them prepare.

I've always thought it would show a true Olympic spirit if the more wealthy countries helped pay for some of the poorer countries to stage the games - the host country would benefit from improvements in local infrastructure long after the closing ceremony.

Then again, I've always been naive.

Edited at 2009-10-08 11:05 am (UTC)
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