Chicago Tribune-- Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is a late add-on to the traveling team traveling with President Barack Obama on Air Force One to Copenhagen to try to bring the Olympic Games to Chicago in 2016, an aide said Thursday.
"He was invited by the president and he's going to go and support Chicago's bid for the Olympics," spokeswoman Christina Mulka said.
Durbin is the assistant Senate majority leader.
Crain's) -- Chicago is leading its competitors in an online poll by a British Web site that tracks the Olympics.
It's the latest poll to show the city's bid gaining ground in the race to land the 2016 games, as Chicago pulls out its heavy hitters ahead of Friday's vote by the International Olympic Committee.
Chicago received 44% of the votes to Rio de Janeiro's 43% in an online poll of 150,000 people worldwide taken by InsidetheGames.biz from Sept. 1 to 30. Tokyo drew 10% of the votes, trailed by Madrid with less than 1%.
Chicago was behind for most of the polling period, but picked up momentum when President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and Oprah Winfrey, all said they would come to Copenhagen to sell the city to the IOC, said Duncan McKay, publisher of InsidetheGames. Rio has been the favorite in several Olympics tracking polls because of the emotional appeal of bringing the games to South America for the first time.
"It's too close to call and could go either way tomorrow," he said.
Six people were charged Wednesday for their alleged involvement in damaging a 2016 Olympic banner being put on the Picasso statue in Daley Plaza. Chicago Sun-Times
Speaking at a party in Denmark, Michelle Obama said she thinks that the Olympics -- and Olympians -- could set an example for children "who can never dream of being that close to such power and opportunity."
And yet, as the Obamas prepare to press the IOC to award the Summer Games to their home town, they are defending a bid that has united Chicago's political and business elite even as many ordinary Chicagoans remain skeptical. Washington Post report
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Olympic bid city Rio de Janeiro have been forced to cancel a stage in the World Cup swimming calendar because of lack of funds, the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Confederation (CBDA) told AFP on Wednesday.
A CBDA official said they had informed world swimming body FINA that they did not have the necessary funding to organise the short-course swimming event from October 23-25 at the Maracana Complex in Rio de Janeiro.
The event would have cost an estimated $500,000.
The CBDA official blamed the "heavy expenditure" incurred by sending swimmers to the world championships in Rome and to several aquatic events throughout the world this year.
Brazil's Olympic and world swimming champion Cesar Cielo, who is presently in Copenhagen to support Rio's bid for the 2016 Olympics, told the daily Estado de Sao Paulo that the situation highlighted the gulf between the money lavished on the Rio-2016 campaign, estimated at 50 million dollars, and the reality for swimming in his country.
He said that swimming in Brazil was "going through a bad period" and said he found it both "incredible and inexplicable" that they could not find the money for this event,
FINA, meanwhile, said they would support the Brazilian organisers if they decided to host the event in 2010.
Here's a look at each of the cities and some of the positives, negatives and uncertainties surrounding each bid. Sports Illustrated report
If making money were an Olympic event, no city hosting the games would win a gold medal. Or silver. Or bronze.
"There has never been an Olympic Games that has made a profit," says Robert Barney, director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Barney is also co-author of Selling the Five Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism.