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Chicago first lady off to support Olympic bid

2009-09-29 06:20:10 GMT2009-09-29 14:20:10 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Backed by Olympic athletes, Maggie Daley, front, wife of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, addresses the crowd during a send-off celebration for the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid team at O'Hare International Airport on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Chicago.(Photo/AP)

CHICAGO – Chicago first lady Maggie Daley and more than a dozen athletes are on their way to Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee will decide whether her city will host the 2016 Summer Games.

Among those joining Daley for a Monday night sendoff at O'Hare International Airport were husband-and-wife gymnastic stars Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner and track ace Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Daley's husband, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, already is in the Danish capital pushing the U.S. bid. Chicago is a finalist along with Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

Chicago's delegation got a mega dose of star power earlier Monday when the White House announced President Barack Obama also would personally lobby for the city's bid. The president is expected to leave Thursday.

(Agencies)

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