Polipics: Olym-pics–Poor Chicago

Chicago's Imagination Didn't Engage
Chicago’s Imagination Didn’t Engage


Debbi K. Swanson Patrick

Well, Chicago didn’t make it. 

I’m not saying I know everything, but when they recapped the cities in the running for the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janero was the one that captured my attention. It’s exotic. It’s romantic. The Olympics have never been held in South America. And Rio has that incredible statue of Christ the Redeemer on the mount with open arms overlooking the ocean. Then there are the beaches of Ipanema and the Copacabana, plus the sheer gorgeous landscape. Oh yeah. Some friends are celebrating their birthdays there next year and I’m contemplating joining them.


Chicago may have Oprah and once had Obama, who both made appearances at the IOC to sell the Second City. But the violence in this city, especially the recent beating of a 16-year-old, and the city’s lack of romantic image—save jazz and killer food—may have overridden the star power pleas. The photo above is gorgeous, but apparently it was speaking to the choir who already love Chicago.


I’m happy to see the Olympics are spreading out. It’s supposed to be a worldwide event and yet the games have never been played in South America? There are many countries the Olympics haven’t yet graced. Here’s a list of where the Summer Games have played. If you have pictures from any Olympics games, or some great shots of Chicago or Brazil, post them on our flickr site www.flicker/com/groups/digiphotomag 


In the meantime, brush up your Portuguese. You’ve got the Vancouver Winter Games, the London Summer Games, and another Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, before Brazil. Are you going to any of them?

1896 – Athens, Greece

1900 – Paris, France

1904 – St. Louis, Missouri USA

1906 – Athens, Greece*

1908 – London, England

1912 – Stockholm, Sweden

1916 – Not held**

1920 – Antwerp, Belgium

1924 – Paris, France

1928 – Amsterdam, Holland

1932 – Los Angeles, California USA

1936 – Berlin, Germany

1940 – Not held***

1944 – Not held***

1948 – London, England

1952 – Helsinki, Finland

1956 – Melbourne, Australia

1960 – Rome, Italy

1964 – Tokyo, Japan

1968 – Mexico City, Mexico

1972 – Munich, Germany

1976 – Montreal, Canada

1980 – Moscow, Russia

1984 – Los Angeles, California USA

1988 – Seoul, South Korea

1992 – Barcelona, Spain

1996 – Atlanta, Georgia USA

2000 – Sydney, Australia

2004 – Athens, Greece

2008 – Beijing, China

2012 – London, England

2016 – Rio de Janero

*Games not recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

**Games cancelled due to World War I.

***Games cancelled due to World War II.


Leave a Reply