February 28, 2007 |
For decades, cities have seen Olympic bids as among the most effective ways to jump-start civic ambition. Barcelona used the run-up to the 1992 Summer Games as an occasion to reinvent its waterfront, among other expensive improvements. And Beijing is remaking itself at a breakneck pace as it gets ready for the Olympics next year. But as Chicago and Los Angeles jockey for the right to hold the 2016 Summer Games, a different vision of what the Olympics mean for cities is emerging.
January 10, 2007 |
Olympic tried and tested versus the rookie. West Coast versus the Midwest. A venerable Olympic stadium versus a field of dreams. The tag team of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa versus Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. OK, so the contest between Los Angeles and Chicago to become the U.S. bid city for the 2016 Summer Games probably won't come down to sheer political star power.
January 9, 2007 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to announce today it will submit a bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The candidates are Chicago and Los Angeles. After an evaluation process that lasted more than six months, the USOC was to announce today whether it would enter a candidate in a field likely to include Tokyo, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Doha, Qatar. While a decision to proceed long has been considered inevitable, USOC officials will not have made it lightly. They wanted to make sure any U.S.
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.
August 9, 2006 |
The lawyer for Justin Gatlin's track coach asked the Unites States Olympic Committee to lift its ban of Trevor Graham on Tuesday, saying he passed a lie-detector test when he denied giving performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. Joe Zeszotarski said Graham would pursue "all legal avenues" to regain access to the USOC's training centers and training sites.
August 4, 2006 |
U.S. Olympic Committee officials on Thursday announced that track coach Trevor Graham was banned "permanently" from USOC facilities because of his links to more than a half-dozen athletes sanctioned or implicated in doping offenses. The action comes five days after Justin Gatlin's lawyer announced that the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and co-world record holder in the 100 meters had tested positive for testosterone.
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.
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.