September 14, 2009

Winfrey ready to aid Chicago’s Olympic bid

U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she is ready to openly voice her support for Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The host of The Oprah Winfrey Show said she is prepared to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, in an attempt to convince the International Olympic Committee to choose Chicago as an Olympic host city, the Chicago Tribune said Monday.

There's some talk about it, and if I feel I can be useful there, then that's what I will do, Winfrey said Sunday when asked if she would make the overseas trip to boost Chicago's Olympic bid.

Representatives for Chicago will make a presentation to IOC officials, along with fellow Olympic host city candidates Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

The Olympic group will decide on Oct. 2 which city will host the 2016 Games, the Tribune said.

Chicago also has support in its Olympic bid from Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, who is expected to travel to Copenhagen with senior White House adviser Valarie Jarrett.