NYC2012 ‘Dream Team’ Backs Olympic Bid

NEW YORK Paris, New York, London, Madrid and Moscow were selected as finalists by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday to host the 2012 Olympics.

Promoting the Paris bid is Interpublic Group’s Weber Shandwick, while the NYC2012 “Dream Team” is helmed by Amy Stanton and includes Rick Boyko, Keith Reinhard and Lee Garfinkel of DDB, Michael Patti of Young & Rubicam, David Droga of Publicis, Logan Wilmont of Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, David Sable of Wunderman, Bob Greenberg of R/GA and Jon Kamen of @radical.media.

The cut to five contenders, revealed by IOC president Jacques Rogge, initiates a 14-month effort that will culminate with the selection of the host city by the full IOC assembly in Singapore in July 2005.

The field was trimmed by the IOC executive board, meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, based on a report assessing the technical capabilities of the nine cities. Four cities were eliminated from contention: Havana, Cuba; Istanbul, Turkey; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Leipzig, Germany.

The IOC report put Paris in the lead based on an overall weighting of 11 technical criteria, including infrastructure and security. Madrid was second, followed by London, New York and Moscow. The IOC report expressed “a high level of confidence” that Paris, New York, London and Madrid can host the games, but said it was “less certain” about Moscow’s credentials. The other four, it said, “do not have the requisite level of capability at this time.”

The 2004 Summer Games will be held in Athens, Greece, followed by the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.