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The night before Chicago's tragic Olympic ouster, bid officials had been assured they could expect as many as 30 votes in the first round. Maybe even more.
Assuming Chicago would make it to the second round, countries may have voted for neighbors first.
In the old days we would bribed our way through the IOC.
Let friendship shine! Until we lose the games, then just take the posters down please.
How will Chicago's snub affect future US Olympic deals?
The mood turned quickly at Daley Plaza when the IOC results were announced.
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The IOC rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics in a big way today. Too bad: Those Olympians will be missing out on a great sports town.
Vote goes our way. Really.
Out. Snuffed. Blanked. Goose egged. Dunzo.
Here's what to expect in the wake of a monumental Olympic loss.