Chicago Mayor Says No to Olympic Bid

By Parrish Walton, December 11, 2013

The U.S. Olympic Committee said it would go after the 2024 Summer Olympics should a strong contender emerge. Don’t expect Chicago to be that contender.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “No, we’re not bidding,” when asked about the possibility, though many within the USOC see Chicago as a strong contender.

Chicago was considered a front-runner for the 2016 Summer Olympics only to see Rio de Jenerio, Brazil, win the bid.

Though the loss stung the city for sure—thousands congregated at Daley Plaza expecting to celebrate—new IOC President Thomas Bach expressed confidence in an American bid.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky touted the strong relationship between Bach and the USOC.

“He has a very good working relationship with the USOC. We’ve worked with him on a number of things through the years and I know our chairman and our CEO know him well. I don’t want to overstate it, but they have a good cordial relationship with him,” Sandusky says.

Due to a revenue-sharing dispute between the USOC and the IOC, many felt an American bid was always going to fail for the last two cycles. After a bit of fence mending between the two sides, however, it appears momentum might be on the U.S.’s side.

Washington D.C. has set up a website touting its merits for the 2024 games, while Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego and San Francisco are all considered strong contenders for the games as well.

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