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London, UK 280 25.23%
Madrid, Spain 342 30.81%
Moscow, Russia 90 8.11%
New York, USA 206 18.56%
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:24 PM   #6841
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Congratulations to RIO DE JANEIRO from sLOVEnia
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:24 PM   #6842
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CONGRATULATIONS RIO DE JANEIRO, CONGRATULATIONS BRAZIL!!!!!!



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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:25 PM   #6843
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I think initiating financial retaliation would be the worst possible thing the USA could do. It would play right into the hands of anti-American sentiment.

Also, calling the voting process "corrupt" is a bit hyperbolic. How is it corrupt that they vote for the city they want to vote for? What needs to be changed is getting them to want to vote for a US city not the voting process itself.

Even though I think it will be a waste of time given the current world wide sentiments I wouldn't doubt some US city will want to bid on 2020 (though I'm racking my brain on what cities would be viable candidates since Chicago's $450 billion wasn't enough and only LA and New York are richer). Whether the USOC will go along is another matter.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:32 PM   #6844
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CONGRATULATIONS RIO DE JANEIRO

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:42 PM   #6845
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Despite the utter shock that many people felt not only in the US but across the world of Chicago's abrupt exit from the bidding process, there is only one thing I can say.

RIO DE JANERIO

Congradulations. The more deserving city won. Your time is now. I'm 100% positive that a city as beautiful and unique as Rio will put on a Olympic event that will be remembered for generations to come.

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:42 PM   #6846
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:47 PM   #6847
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a lack of respect for the Olympics.......

These IOC members have to be the most self-important assclowns in the world. To lobby these people like they are important for a sporting event.....
Again, I hate to sound like a sore loser (because I would pick Rio over any other city beside Chicago), but this vote was a complete slap in the face to the U.S..
But you are sounding like a sore loser. I'm an American and I hoped for Chicago to win, but I also knew that Rio would give a good fight and they did. What did the Chicago bid in was probably due to LA 1984, Atlanta 96 and SLC 02; that an 3 Olympics in 30 years, now tell me what other country has had that many Olympics? Also, the IOC is probably not very happy with the USOC opening their own TV channel that takes away profit from the IOC. The IOC has mentioned many times that they want to spread the games to different countries and this time, they stuck to it.

Congrats to Rio, you guys deserved it!

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:48 PM   #6848
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Please for heaven's sake. This is Rio's moment. Can we not start with the negativity?
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:51 PM   #6849
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Congrats Rio, this is your moment, and enjoy your party .

Commiserations to the other cities, it was heartbreaking just watching the reactions of the crowds in Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago - but they should all be proud of their bids, and the outstanding qualities of them - their cities made this one of the closest run contests in history. After watching the bid videos I for one am definitely heading to those cities some time in my life - they were utterly amazing.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:52 PM   #6850
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I think initiating financial retaliation would be the worst possible thing the USA could do. It would play right into the hands of anti-American sentiment.

Also, calling the voting process "corrupt" is a bit hyperbolic. How is it corrupt that they vote for the city they want to vote for? What needs to be changed is getting them to want to vote for a US city not the voting process itself.

Even though I think it will be a waste of time given the current world wide sentiments I wouldn't doubt some US city will want to bid on 2020 (though I'm racking my brain on what cities would be viable candidates since Chicago's $450 billion wasn't enough and only LA and New York are richer). Whether the USOC will go along is another matter.
They already hate us, we have nothing to loose. It's not like they’re going to vote for another American city next time, no one is going to want to vote for an American city because they're going to think no other IOC members are going to want to. It's not going to change any time soon. Our cities don't need the Olympics to be sucessful. If Chicago can't even get to the final round is useless. That's the best possible bid we can put forward! The money we spend on bidding is just going to be a waste.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:53 PM   #6851
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Go Rio!

Finally it's the United States turn to suffer.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:54 PM   #6852
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Onn, you're being stupid. Would the IOC be anti-Japanese if they'd gone out first or anti-Spanish if they'd gone out first and would you support retaliation from them? Pipe down and stop being such a poor loser. Chicago was unlucky that it was the first city out, but one had to be unfortunately.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:57 PM   #6853
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hey c'mon I dont think it was so much anti-American sentiment, more pro-South America-holding-it-the-first-time sentiment that tipped the scales (The US having held the Olympics as recently as 2002 didn't help either). -Just look at the final score, with Rio getting twice the votes as Madrid, and before that more than twice Tokyo's. In short there was no real contest, it was always going to be Rio, especially after the first round. Those who voted for Chicago and Tokyo almost all voted for Rio.


Look at the scores - this was always going to be a Rio versus Madrid contest from the start.

Round 1

Chicago 18
Rio 26
Madrid 28
Tokyo 22

Round 2

Madrid 29
Rio 46
Tokyo 20

Round 3

Rio 66
Madrid 32

In other words it's not the close-run first choice that wins the contest, but what the officials put as their second choice. This worked in the same way when London won for 2012 - more people initially wanted Paris and even madrid before London, but as cities were eliminated 'second choicers' picked London before Paris.

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:58 PM   #6854
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They already hate us, we have nothing to loose. It's not like they’re going to vote for another American city next time, no one is going to want for an American city because they're going to think no other members are going to want to. It's not going to change any time soon. Our cities don't need the Olympics to be sucessful. If Chicago can't even get to the final round is useless. That's the best possible bid we can put forward! The money we spend on bidding is just going to be a waste.
Naw.. Just because the US didn't win this time doesn't mean that the Olympic games will never come back to the US. Have some perspective, the US has had more Olympic Games (summer+ winter) than any other country. It's just time for other countries to host and Rio is an awesome place to visit. You know, you can't win them all.. I'm sure we'll win either 2020 or 2024.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:59 PM   #6855
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I'm going to make a bold statement.

DC 2020
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:04 PM   #6856
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To american:

Which could be the cities for 2020?

San Francisco and then?

I think in 2020 or in Europe or in India.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:06 PM   #6857
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wow, go for it, that would be amazing. Id love NYC or San Fran though, they would have amazing bids

provided in my personal dictatorship:

NYC holds something up on a skyhigh event, as befitting its skyline status (anyone check out that stadium some students proposed on top of several skyscrapers?).

San Fran does open air diving with the stunning backdrop of the Golden gate Bridge.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:08 PM   #6858
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I think in 2020 or in Europe or in India.
Maybe Africa (South Africa or Tunisia or Egypt.....) before India.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:08 PM   #6859
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Thank you guys very much! We WON. It's just!

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:08 PM   #6860
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Whatever, we'll just win all the medals again.

Seriously though, congratulations to Rio.
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