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On October 2nd in Copenhagen, the International Olympic Committee will vote on the venue for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The current frontrunners for the honor appear to be Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Chicago. First Lady Michelle Obama has confirmed that she will be heading to Copenhagen in an attempt to bring the Summer Olympics back to the United States for the first time since the Atlanta Games of 1996.
According to The Associated Press, both Obama and former vice chair of the Chicago 2016 campaign and current advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, will make the trip to represent Chicago. Michelle Obama was born and raised in Chicago and she will undeniably provide America with a reputable representative who brings credibility and star power.
In a statement that the First Lady provided in regards to her support of Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid, Obama said, "It is with great pride that I will go to Copenhagen to make the case for the United States to host the 2016 Olympics. There is no doubt in my mind that Chicago would offer the world a fantastic setting for these historic games and I hope that the Olympic torch will have the chance to burn brightly in my hometown."