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Plan Your Olympic Bid Watching With This Handy Guide



    Plan Your Olympic Bid Watching With This Handy Guide
    Imagine what will happen to all that land.

    Trying to plan your Olympic bid schedule can be maddening without knowing what's going on way over there in Denmark.

    Luckily is taking the guess work out of your week. With this handy rundown you can follow along with Chicago's bid team as if you were carrying Mayor Daley's hat through the streets of Copenhagen. Don't forget, you can watch the vote here on

    Here's what you can expect to see while Chicago's 2016 bid team plies International Olympic Committee members with niceties in the land of Danes.

    Tuesday: Parachuting In

    The Olympic Bid festivities kick off with a bang Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. (noon in Copenhagen) when the Chicago 2016 charter plane touches down at the Copenhagen airport. Much fanfare will follow as the delegation -- including Oprah, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Dikembe Mutombo, Michael Johnson and Nastia Liukin among others -- deplanes.

    Next the powers-that-be will host a press conference to kick off a week of fun-filled activities from the DGI-Byen, a gigantic sports and leisure complex in the heart of Copenhagen. Visiting athletes will be dispersed to local sports clubs with local youth.

    Legendary NFL place kicker Morten Anderson will host a symposium on American football that is sure to baffle soccer aficionados; Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner and Nastia Liukin will talk about gymnastics; David Robinson and Dikembe Mutumbo will talk hoops and Michael Johnson, Willie Banks and Connie Moore will talk about being fast.

    Wednesday: Community Involvement

    Mayor Daley will attend Copenhagen school games, a mini-Olympic Games with Danish kids. 8,000 school children will compete in different athletic disciplines and American athletes Michael Johnson and Jackie Joyner Kersee will tag along on fun-run that starts at the Copenhagen Island Hotel and ends at the Admiral Hotel. Mayor Daley will not be running. The fun run starts at 2:30 a.m. and the School Games go off at 7 a.m.

    Later on Mayor Daley and Chicago 2016 Chairman Patrick Ryan will attend a Red Carpet dinner for the hundreds of supporters who have traveled to Copenhagen to support the bid. The event takes place at 10:30 a.m. Chicago time at the Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen.

    The evening will cap off with a Chicago 2016 Music event at Little Vega Club, a multipurpose nightclub and music venue. Supporters will listen to Chicago style music at 3 p.m Chicago time.

    Thursday: Interviews and Parties

    Things heat up as the bid vote nears. Thursday is the last day for members of the Chicago team to talk to the media, and they're taking full advantage with a press conference at the DGI-Byen, bright and early at 2:45 a.m. Chicago time.
    After that, at around 4 a.m. Dikembe Mutombo, David Robinson, Nadia Comaneci, Nastia Liukin and Bart Conner will give one-on-one interviews to the media from the Copenhagen Island Hotel Lobby.

    From there 20 Chicago 2016 supporters will take off on bikes for the City of Copenhagen Bike Ride. Beginning at 5 a.m.

    Then more athlete interviews, this time with Michael Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Morten Andersen and Brandi Chastain, same Copenhagen Island Hotel Lobby at 8 a.m. Chicago time.

    David Robinson and Dikembe Mutombo will give a basketball demonstration at 9 a.m. at the Kvæsthusbroen, The Royal Danish Play House, Copenhagen Harbor.

    Then the big events begin.

    At around 10 a.m. dignitaries will gather at the Copenhagen Opera House for the IOC's Opening Ceremony. All 20 delegates from each bid city will attend.

    Friday: The Big Shebang

    Beginning at 10 a.m. Chicago will present its final bid to the IOC. Supporters will will gather at Axelborg to watch the live broadcast of the IOC’s announcement.

    Remember to keep up with all the latest Olympic themed-events with NBCChicago's live stream coverage of the vote.

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