In questions after New York’s presentation, one IOC member noted that the city fared worst among the five contenders in terms of public support for the games in an IOC-conducted survey.
Bloomberg responded that the poll was taken while the city was still debating the controversial plan for a new Olympic stadium in Manhattan. He contended that support for the games had risen since the Manhattan plan was rejected by state lawmakers and replaced by plans for a new stadium in Queens.
Bloomberg also said New York was better off for having competed against four world-class cities.
“It catalyzed important city projects,” he said after the vote. “From new parks to new pools, New Yorkers have already benefited from our bid.”
New York’s presentation video featured an array of residents praising the city in a variety of accents, as well as foreign athletes and coaches extolling the joys of competing in the city. The video ended with an athlete running through New York bearing an Olympic torch that finally merged with the Statue of Liberty’s torch.
President George W. Bush, who unlike rival government leaders did not travel to Singapore, appeared on video to call New York “an amazing city.” Hours later, with the result known, he said, “I’m sorry New York didn’t get it, but I’m thrilled for London.”
After the vote, Doctoroff said his disappointment was tempered by pride in his city.
“We really do think it’s an Olympic Village every day,” he said. “That’s never going to change.”
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