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London pulled a shocker by upsetting Paris and will be the host for the 2012 Olympic Games. New York, Moscow and Madrid all lost out before the final vote. It will be the 3rd OIympics in London.
Actually...that fact may have helped London's OIympic bid. Back during World War II...the Olympics were cancelled in 1940 and 1944. Europe was war ravaged....yet London came in to host the Olympics and pulled it off nicely. London made sure to throw that into their pitch.
Also in their pitch was the urban renewal of London....which 100 years ago was basically THE city in the world. They also played up their love for sports....which has always been known throughout the world [I mean, where do you think Soccer Hooligan comes from].
For Paris....this is yet another gut wrenching defeat. One of the attractive and tourist friendly cities in the world....Paris hasn't hosted the Olympics since 1924 [they also were the host in 1900].
For New York...while defeat was somewhat expected, it still stings. This was to be New York's shining moment 11 years after the September 11th attacks. It was looked at as THE venue to show to world New York's toughness. It isn't known if NYC will try for the 2016 games...though there are whispers that the United States could be a favorite for the games, 20 years after they were in Atlanta.
For Madrid...they have to be pleased by how well they did. Madrid actually got the most votes in the second round of voting [the round after Moscow was eliminated]. Though it is an even longer shot that the Olympics will go to Europe in 2016...at least Madrid knows that the next time they bid that they have a pretty good shot.
Moscow was the longest shot...but did well to get even this far. Moscow really wants the Olympics badly...as they'd like to erase the perception of the 1980 Moscow Olympics where the United States boycotted the games in protest to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
Yet...another European city is still on many Olympic seeker's minds. Athens. Right now, Athens has totaled a record $13B in debt, mainly from construction delays. While the games went off without a major issue....Athenians will be paying for it a long time, even hurting their EU alliances.
Still...all cities involved will recover. In fact, right now the Tour De France has started up and will conclude in Paris. London has Wimbledon going on. New York is in full baseball mode with the Yankees always on people's minds. Moscow and Madrid can do what every it is that they do.