Friday, October 02, 2009


photo: Andre Penner/Associated Press

This is GREAT even though Chicago, city of my birth and still a favorite of mine, lost out.

Rio Wins Bid for 2016 Olympic Games

COPENHAGEN — The Olympics were awarded to a South American city for the first time when the International Olympic Committee on Friday voted for Rio de Janeiro to be host of the 2016 Games.

Rio de Janeiro was the winner over Madrid in the final round of voting. The committee delivered an unexpectedly early knockout blow to Chicago, which was eliminated in the first round. Tokyo was ousted in the second.

Jacques Rogge, the president of the committee, made the announcement, sending crowds in Rio de Janeiro into celebration.

Tens of thousands of people began partying early in Rio on the Copacabana beach. Musicians played samba music from a main stage flanked by large screens, as people danced, held towering cones of cotton candy and showed off the national colors of Brazil by donning yellow-and-green wigs or yellow-and-green bikinis. A beach ball bounced above the crowd, marked with the words, “It’s Rio’s time.” (con't at NY Times)

Besides live TV coverage from Copenhagen, where the announcement was made, Web sites such as and’s Brazilian portal are providing live blogs, but they’re a bit slow to load, perhaps overwhelmed by Web traffic. will show live video of the reaction from Copacabana.

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