Would-be hosts put drives into high gear

The three cities competing to be the U.S. contender for the 2016 Olympic Games have submitted detailed responses to questions posed by the U.S. Olympic Committee regarding venues, transportation, accommodations, fundraising and other requirements to host the prestigious international sporting event.

In addition to the paperwork, mayors from the three cities — San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles — have kicked their public relations efforts into high gear.

San Francisco released, with much fanfare, a new Olympic-size stadium plan. Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley announced this week a proposal for a new Olympic stadium, which would be built in the city’s South Side. The proposed venue would be dismantled afterward to leave a 10,000-seat arena and athletic fields for the low-income area.

And this week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced he would travel to the United Kingdom and Asia to boost enthusiasm for his city’s bid for the games, among other efforts.

Presumably it didn’t hurt San Francisco’s Olympic chances that Mayor Gavin Newsom has been in New York this week touting San Francisco’s green credentials at a global climate summit hosted by former President Bill Clinton. The City’s Olympic bid has an environmental theme — even its proposal was sent enclosed in recycled paper.

USOC officials have indicated that they’ll give each city feedback in late October, at which time the field of cities could be narrowed.

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