Chicago's Olympic Bid Faltering, US Chairman Says

Effort to land 2016 Games 'third or fourth'
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 6:34 PM CDT
In this image provided by the United States Olympic Committee the official 2016 United States Olympic Committee Applicant City logo is shown. The logo was unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, in Chicago....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics is falling behind its main foreign rivals, the chairman of the US Olympic Committee said today. The Chicago Tribune reports that Peter Ueberroth, who captained Los Angeles' 1984 Games, puts Chicago's effort fourth among cities vying for the 2016 Olympics, behind Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.

Chicago's private sector needs to improve its ties to representatives of the International Olympic Committee, he said. "I expect all the bids to be terrific," Ueberroth said. "It's the relationship with members that will make the difference." Time is of the essence, he added: "I am comfortable we can win, but we are not leading this parade at all."