Friday, June 12, 2009

Pat Ryan Tries to Manage Expectations for 2016

As we posted earlier this week, 2016 was labeled the current front runner for the race to host the 2016 Summer Olympics by Around the Rings website and former USOC president Peter Ueberroth. First things first, this is a good thing. It's much better to be seen as a front runner then in last place.

However, don't get too excited yet. The race is still extremely close and Chicago is up by two points (whatever that means) on Madrid and three points on Rio and Tokyo. With that in mind Chicago 2016 Chairman, Pat Ryan, was trying to manage expectations recently saying that Chicago IS NOT the front runner.

In all reality who cares....this posturing and discussion about rankings is really a moot point. At the end of the day it's too tough to guess how this will go down. There is way to much politics involved in the IOC to truly know what will happen.

Like we've been saying all along, if Obama shows up to Copenhagen in early October (where the IOC will be voting on the bid cities) there is a good chance Chicago wins. If not, your guess is as good as mine.

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