Is Chicago 2nd in Olympic race?

September 10, 2009 9:08:09 AM PDT
A website that tracks the Olympic bidding process is out with a new ranking of the 2016 candidate cities and it has Chicago in second place.'s assessment concurs with armchair quarterbacks across the Olympic movement who have said they believe the race is between Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.

The Gamesbids bid index is an analysis of each bids' strengths and weaknesses up until now and is not meant to predict the outcome of the final host city vote October 2. The rankings are as follows:

  • Rio 61.61 up 1.66
  • Chicago 60.01 up 1.64
  • Tokyo 59.20 down 2.21
  • Madrid 57.80 down 0.93
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