November 14, 2006 |
Not only did the U.S. race for host city of the 2016 Olympics become a two-way contest between Los Angeles and Chicago, but San Francisco's withdrawal on Monday consolidated Los Angeles' bid. Instead of a typical split along Northern California-Southern California lines, organizers planned on selling their Olympic campaign as a California-wide bid, boosted by the possibility of using the drawing power and persuasion of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
November 10, 2006 |
The timing could not have been much worse for 2016 Olympic bid officials from San Francisco. Hours before the group's scheduled meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Thursday morning, the 49ers halted talks with San Francisco for a stadium project at Candlestick Point, which also was to serve as the city's Olympic Stadium. Fallout from the 49ers' decision, announced late Wednesday, was two-fold: It came close to ending San Francisco's Olympic bid, and created the impression that only two U.
November 9, 2006 |
All dressed up and nowhere to go? For the moment, at least. Delegations from three prospective Olympic bid cities -- Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco -- spent Wednesday in a hotel conference room in Costa Mesa, learning the ins and outs of the selection process from U.S. Olympic Committee officials. Chairman Peter Ueberroth sounded a note of caution even though there is expected to be a U.S. bid for the 2016 Games.Ueberroth confirmed that the decision will be made by the end of this year.
October 18, 2006 |
Construction, thy name is Olympics. Those who remember the last-minute dash in Athens in 2004 and recent visitors to 2008 host city Beijing might think that the five Olympic rings represent cranes, forklifts, hard hats, power tools and nuts and bolts. That, thankfully, won't be an area of concern should the Summer Olympics land in Los Angeles for a third time, down the road in 2016.
July 27, 2006 |
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago stayed in the race as the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday trimmed its list of candidate cities for the 2016 Summer Games, eliminating Philadelphia and Houston. The action moves the USOC closer to a formal entry into the 2016 contest. If the USOC jumps in, one of the three cities would be picked next spring as the sole U.S. candidate. The International Olympic Committee will choose the 2016 site in 2009.
July 7, 2006 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair may have revolutionized the Olympic bid process by lobbying intently for London in its successful quest to play host to the 2012 Games. Now, with the U.S. Olympic Committee weighing a 2016 bid and Los Angeles among five American cities under consideration, the game plan that delivered the Games to London a year ago Thursday has become a template -- and challenge -- for U.S. officials. Traditionally, U.S.
May 27, 2006 |
Remember Peter Ueberroth, the man who pulled the Olympic movement up by its bootstraps in 1984 by organizing a Los Angeles Olympics that had us all beaming like members of the chamber of commerce? Well, he is back in the middle of the Olympic movement, still pulling on bootstraps. Ueberroth, 68 now, is chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee and is in the catbird seat for much of the decision-making that could set the course for the Games of 2016.
May 19, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee, gauging whether to launch a bid for the 2016 Summer Games, paid a visit Thursday to Los Angeles City Hall, chairman Peter Ueberroth touting Los Angeles as "exciting" but cautioning that, as with all potential Olympic candidates, it needs to address "deficiencies." Later, the USOC made a similar stop at San Francisco City Hall. The USOC's whirlwind visits Thursday wrapped up a swing through five U.S.
May 4, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday it intends to visit five cities, including Los Angeles, as it gauges whether to launch a bid for the 2016 Games. Houston is due for a visit on May 8; Philadelphia on May 9; Chicago on May 10, and L.A. and San Francisco on May 18. New York, the failed U.S. bid for the 2012 Games, which the International Olympic Committee awarded last year to London, is not on the list. It is out of the running for 2016. The IOC is due to pick the 2016 site in 2009.
October 11, 2005 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee is cautiously considering whether to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth said Monday. A U.S. bid would be submitted only if the USOC were convinced that the bid had unqualified local, state, national and corporate support, Ueberroth said during a news conference at the 2006 U.S. Olympic team media summit. After initially saying that the USOC, which would pick a U.S.