COPENHAGEN, Oct. 2 - Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first South American city to host an Olympics. Rio outlasted Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago in a vote of more than 100 International Olympic Committee members.
Chicago, which President Obama supported with a 10-minute speech to IOC members earlier in the day, was hoping to become the first U.S. city to host the Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996 and the first to host any Olympics since Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002. Instead, Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting. Tokyo was eliminated in the following round.