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Rome’s 2020 withdrawal: an alarm bell

The files for Rome’s 2020 bid had been printed in Milan. They had been loaded onto a delivery van. The van was now idling by the Colle del Gran San Bernardo, the St. Bernard pass, the historic conduit between Italy and Switzerland, ready to be delivered to International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne.

All that was waiting was the go-ahead from the central government, the final OK from premier Mario Monti.

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Chicago 2016 – can a loss be a win?

CHICAGO — Destyne Butler Jr. is a young boxer. As the intriguing new movie chronicling Chicago’s unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Summer Games opens, the camera catches Destyne banging away in the gym and then saying, “It’s all going to pay off in the long run, and I know I can make it.”

Maybe, in its way, that’s the Chicago 2024 motto, too. Or Chicago 2028. Or Chicago 2032.