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Rio Gets 2016 Olympics, Chicago Heartbroken

October 03, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Rio de Janeiro has been awarded the 2016  Olympics.

Brazil sent Pele and Chicago buzz killer Steve to make case for Rio (katchop)

Pele and friends react to the stunning news that Rio was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics, leaving many in Chicago looking for someone to blame (katchop)

The awarding of the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro set off a joyous celebration in the city, long known in roughly equal measure for its beaches, its carnival and its vast, crime-ridden shantytowns.

It was met with a fervent hope that Brazil — often characterized as the eternal “nation of the future” — might finally be approaching its vast potential.

“I say with all frankness: Our time has come,” President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declared Friday morning in Copenhagen. Teary-eyed, he later told reporters, “The decision is a homage to the people of Rio, who normally only appear in newspaper pages with bad news.”

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