I wanted the 2016 Summer Olympics to come to Chicago for a couple of reasons, but primarily because my brother Patrick works for C3, the Austin-based event company that would have surely played a part in the festivities (they produced Obama’s election night victory speech and organize Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza fest). The news came on Friday that Rio de Janeiro beat out Chicago as one of the finalists for host city. Sad news. Sad news? Ana Marie Cox writes on The Daily Beast that the modern Olympics has become such a corrupt institution, Americans should be relieved it won’t occur on our soil for many years to come. From her thinking:
What started off a celebration of amateur spirit and a unique accomplishment has become just another opportunity for more ESPN channels. Olympic officials justified the rule change by saying that amateur athletes wanted to compete with professionals: Excluding pros, they argued, meant that the winners of Olympic challenges were not, in fact, “the best in the world.” That may be true, but given the Olympics’ sordid history and debased presence, I wish Obama had refused to participate in the Chicago bid. Not because I want to deny anyone the chance to become “the best in the world.” It’s just that I want to believe we—and our president—are better than that.