Chicago has moved onto the next round of cities who are being considered for the 2016 Olympic Games, along with Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. As a Chicagoan and quite obviously an Olympic fan, I’m just a little bit excited.
UPDATED: Here is more on the selection from the Chicago Tribune. Chicago’s competition is tough, but definitely beatable. The Tribune’s source said that Chicago is not in the top two, but during the competition for the 2012 games, London was not in the top two. If you are wondering why I am so supremely confident in Chicago winning the games, it’s that I know of our secret weapon.
No, not God, though I do think our secret weapon has God’s phone number. It’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, a man who has never, ever, ever not gotten what he wanted. If you’re not from Chicago, it can be difficult to explain just how powerful he is. He wanted his brother to get a spot in Clinton’s cabinet – done. He wanted the country’s largest cities to start replicating the rooftop gardens we have in Chicago – done. He wanted the White Sox to win a World Series – done, unfortunately.
Some friends of mine have pointed out that the Olympics are on a much bigger stage, and that getting the Olympics may not happen as easily as the other items on Daley’s wishlist.These friends had worked for the USOC, so I trusted their knowledge. Of course, they told me this just before they assured me that Los Angeles would be the applicant city for the US.