Rio to Host 2016 Olympics

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2009 11:57 AM CDT
A woman holds up a Brazilian flag.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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(Newser) – The 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, putting the games in South America for the first time. Rio beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting today in Copenhagen. Chicago was knocked out in the first round, Tokyo in the second. Rio had played heavily on the fact that South America has never previously hosted the games, while Europe, Asia and North America have done so repeatedly.