In the first round, London got 22 votes, Paris 21, Madrid 20 and New York 19. In the second round, Madrid had 32 votes, followed by London with 27 and Paris 25, AP said.
In the third round, London led Paris 39-33 after picking up several New York votes. In the last round, Madrid’s votes were spread about evenly, giving London enough to win.
Would it be too late to start bribing IOC officials for Houston 2016 (or at least attempting to woo them by noting the supreme irony of hosting the world’s premier sports event in the America’s – and possibly the world’s – most obese city?)
Addendum: Seriously, if Houston wants it, it stands a good chance, according to the early buzz from CNN:
He and fellow delegates, clearly dejected at a post-election news conference in Singapore, said it was too soon to say whether the city would try for the 2016 Olympics, which stand a good chance of being awarded to the United States for the first time since the Atlanta Games in 1996…
Peter Ueberroth, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said New York — despite its energetic campaign — would not gain any special status if it entered the race to be the U.S. candidate for 2016.
“We will have a new process for the next four years,” he said. “We’ll open it up.”
The mad scramble for U.S. cities should begin any moment now. And while we all love New York City, it’s not September 12th any more, and there oughtn’t be any guilt of waging a no-holds-barred contest (as in, a bit more enthusiastic than the 2012 talk) for the love and affection of the USOC.
BRING IT ON!