Sporting Interests

Olympic Opponents Locked Out

Those who would like to keep the Olympic Games as far away from the Windy City as possible in 2016 will be excluded from the room as Michelle Obama, Oprah, and other Chicago luminaries make their pitch for the Second City Friday in Copenhagen. Opponents are prepared, if a little fearful. Said one challenger, "In the face of this overwhelming firepower in favor of the Chicago bid, it's a little intimidating to be arguing against it." The Wall Street Journal recounts that local opposition to the Olympics has a storied tradition.