COPENHAGEN — After years of work and days of frantic, last-minute lobbying, the four cities hoping to host the 2016 Olympic Games are nearing the finish line. On Friday, they finally will learn if their efforts — and the tens of millions of dollars spent on them — were worth it.

On Friday afternoon, after each city gives its final presentation, the International Olympic Committee will choose a host city for the 2016 Summer Games.

Patrick G. Ryan, bid leader for Chicago, said he felt electricity in the air because the competition among the four cities — Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo — is so tight…..Read More

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