Chicago out for '16 Olympics
October 2, 2009
Thousands of people are standing in stunned silence in downtown Chicago after watching the I n t e r n a t i o n a l O l ymp i c Committee choose someone else for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The vote in Copenhagen was carried on huge television screens in the Daley Center, set up to carry what many had hoped would be approval of Chicago to host the games. I n s t e a d, Ch i c a go wa s bounced in the first round of voting today, bringing an audible gasp heard from the crowd. The city was eliminated so quickly that some of the wouldbe revelers weren't sure what had happened. Some started asking if they had heard what they thought they heard. "I've never really had a disappointment like this," said Ken Rudd, a 33-year-old salesman from Evergreen Park. "This is one of the saddest things I've ever seen." Many stood for a few minutes, staring at the screen, and at least one flung his hands into the air in a crude gesture toward the TV screen. Within seconds, people began filing out of the plaza. Chicago was in a race with Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo and Madrid for the 2016 games.