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  • Press Release -- Chicago 2016 Video Contest Helps Olympic Bid Committee Tell Chicago's Story


    Today, Chicago 2016 announced it is launching a video contest asking people across the United States to submit videos explaining why they think Chicago should be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are invited to visit to upload videos and vote on their favorites. The contest builds on the momentum that began in August with an open call for "Why Chicago" videos.

    From today through November 25, five finalists will be selected based on a combination of popular vote and the following criteria rated by a panel of judges: originality, creativity, relevance to the "Why Chicago" theme and production quality. The week of December 1, all five videos will be featured on NBC 5 News Today and everyone is encouraged to visit the site to vote for their favorite finalist. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on-air on NBC 5 News Today the week of December 8, and will receive a trip for two to Vancouver for a behind the scenes tour of the preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The second place winner will receive $5,000 worth of video production equipment of their choice.

    The "Why Chicago" video contest isn’t just for those submitting videos; voters will also have a chance to win. In addition to uploading your videos, visit the site often to vote for your favorites! One lucky voter will be chosen at random to win a trip for six to the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, to see the USOC's world-class training facilities, watch Olympians and Olympic hopefuls train and participate in a U.S. Olympic sport experience.

    "No one can tell the story of Chicago better than the people who know it best," said Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016. "We have less than 12 months to go as a Candidate City, and we must draw on the enthusiasm of the American people to convince the world that Chicago is ready to host the Games in 2016. We look forward to the content that people around the country will provide us through their "Why Chicago" video submissions."

    Go online now to to view sample "Why Chicago" videos made by everyone from politicians and professional athletes, to Olympians and Chicago sports fans. Special guest submissions include the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, the U.S. men’s basketball team, and Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller.

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