| CHICAGO, Sept 9
CHICAGO, Sept 9 The United States Olympic
Committee has conceded it badly miscalculated the angry IOC
response to its plans for an Olympic television network but
believes the row will not affect Chicago's bid for the 2016
"Simply put, we miscalculated the negative response to the
launch of the United States Olympic Network," USOC acting chief
executive officer Stephanie Streeter said on Wednesday.
"While we received many positive statements of support at
home and from international members of the Olympic and
Paralympic families, we have put the network on 'pause'."
The USOC announced in Berlin last month that it would delay
launching a cable television network devoted to the Olympics.
Streeter, who was making a keynote speech to the U.S.
Olympic assembly, said she did not think the dispute would
adversely affect Chicago's bid.
The International Olympic Committee will choose between
Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid in Copenhagen on Oct.
Streeter offered a conciliatory tone during her speech,
saying the USOC hoped to work on the television project with the
"Chicago's bid has become America's bid with the support of
President Obama," she added. "President Obama has been an ardent
supporter of this bid from the beginning, well before he even
launched his campaign for the presidency.
"He has sent four video-taped personal messages to IOC
members around the world in support, clearly expressing his
desire to harness the power of sport to give hope to young
people and help them build better lives."
Patrick Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of the
Chicago bid, also delivered a brief pep talk before racing off
to a city council committee meeting.
Chicago aldermen will vote on whether to allow Chicago Mayor
Richard Daley to sign the Olympics host city contract. The
agreement would make city taxpayers responsible for any cost
overruns if Chicago is successful in its bid.
"We are in it, to win it, right until the end," said Ryan.
"We will leave everything on the playing field.
"We are going to work, work, work right through the finish
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