The crowd at Daley Plaza quickly fell quiet when Chicago was eliminated. (Photo by Caitlin Hacker)
ChicagoStorytelling’s Forrest Davis and Katie Karpowicz interviewed people at Daley Plaza Friday about the city’s stunning first-round elimination in the 2016 Olympic bid decision by the International Olympic Committee.
Rio de Janeiro, the favorite to win the bid, defeated Madrid, 66-32, in the final round of voting by the IOC. Tokyo, the other of the four finalists, was eliminated in the second round.
Chicago’s early exit left many observers surprised, considering President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey played key roles on the bid team.
Rio’s win marks the first time an Olympic Games will be held in South America.
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The crowd at Daley Plaza just after the announcement. (Photo by Jake Scott)
By Kevin Dempsey and Jake Scott
It went from high hopes, to the lowest of lows Friday as Chicago lost its bid for the 2016 Olympics with a last-place finish.
Outside of Daley Plaza, a crowd gathered to show support for the city’s bid and watch results. Within a moment, several in the crowd were stunned when they learned that Chicago lost in the first round of International Olympic Committee voting.
By Emily Torem
Following a surprising loss by Chicago in the first round of voting, media outlets quickly recoil their hopeful home pages. Check back for more stories and updates.
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Out After First Round of Voting- Breaking News Center has a timeline from Obama’s arrival in Copenhagen to Chicago’s elimination in the bid.
ABC 7 Local News: Chicago Loses 2016 Olympic Bid – 94 IOC votes were counted to eliminate Chicago in the first round of voting.
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