U.S. Olympic Group Visits L.A. and Chicago In a contest between the nation's second- and third-largest cities, Los Angeles and Chicago are vying to host the Olympic Games in 2016. The U.S. Olympic Committee will decide in April which city gets to represent the United States' bid to bring the games back to America.
NPR logo

U.S. Olympic Group Visits L.A. and Chicago

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7718592/7718597" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
U.S. Olympic Group Visits L.A. and Chicago

U.S. Olympic Group Visits L.A. and Chicago

U.S. Olympic Group Visits L.A. and Chicago

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/7718592/7718597" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In a contest between the nation's second- and third-largest cities, Los Angeles and Chicago are vying to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

The U.S. Olympic Committee will decide in April which city gets to represent the United States' bid to bring the games back to America.

Chicago's plan includes a new stadium and plans for an Olympic Village on the city's Southside waterfront. Los Angeles has announced plans to modernize Memorial Coliseum and is ramping up a celebrity ad campaign.

This week, representatives from the USOC are visiting Chicago; they were in Los Angeles last week.

Michele Norris talks with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison; Chicago commentator and comedian Aaron Freeman; and Chicago Tribune sportswriter Phillip Hersh.

Both cities are claiming historical precedents that bolster their cases for hosting Olympic events.

Los Angeles' claim is the more obvious — with its warm weather, it has hosted the games twice before.

But Chicago organizers note that Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, said that he believed Chicago was a good place for the Olympics — a comment he aired after the city hosted the 1894 Worlds Fair.