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U.S. experiences Olympic deja vu

Last October, when Chicago was the first city to be eliminated from the running for the 2016 Olympics, Americans wondered how the U.S. could fail with the likes of Oprah and the Obamas on their side. Thursday it was the combined influence of Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman that came up short. America was again dealt defeat, as Pasadena and its new Rose Bowl lost the bid for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. So far the puns are coming fast and furious; already spotted are mentions of Qatarade and Qatar Hero, no doubt Q-Atari is coming soon.

Updated: January 25, 2011, 11:32 AM ET
By Sarah Spain

Last October, when Chicago was the first city to be eliminated from the running for the 2016 Olympics, Americans wondered how the U.S. could fail with the likes of Oprah and the Obamas on their side. Today it was the combined influence of Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman that came up short. America was again dealt defeat, as Pasadena and its new Rose Bowl lost the bid for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Leading up to the event, all eyes will be on the oil-rich Middle Eastern country (pop. ...

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