Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rio Olympics

Even though the Games are still 7 years away, Rio is partying like it’s 2016. In fact, the announcement created an impromptu holiday in the city, like Cariocas need an excuse to have one. I don’t care much about the games themselves, but I hope the event elevates Rio’s infrastructure and safety. It will be interesting to see how they turn a crime-ridden city often on the brink of civil war into a world-class Olympic destination. They sure had the best promo video -- I like the fact that they used a narrator with a Brazilian accent on it, instead of generic American-English.

And poor Chicago. Not even Oprah and Michelle's power tag-team was enough to charm Olympic officials...

Of course,this is not the first time Chicago loses an Olympic bid. In 1904, occasion of the first US Olympics, Chicago lost the spot to St. Louis. They also lost their bid in 1952 and 1956 (to Helsinki and Melbourne respectively). Maybe 2052?

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