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Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympics

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After eliminating Chicago in the first round of voting, International Olympic Committee members have selected Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the site of 2016 Summer Games.

This will be the first time the Olympics will be held in South America.

More details coming later here at our Olympics blog and at latimes.com/sports.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: A crowd celebrates at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero following Friday's official announcement that the city will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Credit: Andrlei Almeida / AFP/Getty Images

 
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Now who is going to be the first knucklehead to suggest that the Chicago Olympic bid defeat led by the Obamas is racist?

SWEET!!!! IT IS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME FOR MR. OBAMA AND HIS ENORMOUS EGO!!! I AM STOKED!!

Although I feel bad that Mr. Obama put himself out and it didn't pan out for Chicago, I have to say I am excited for the people of Rio and for Brazil. Latin America deserves a chance to host the games. Bottom line the US has hosted the games two times recently, it's time to spread the love. Go Rio!


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