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Saturday, October 5, 2002
Bloomberg to address USOC next month

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A video featuring a mock torch relay and a fake ticker-tape parade filmed on the streets of lower Manhattan will be part of the city's final bid to host the 2012 Summer Games.

The video is expected to be shown to the U.S. Olympic Committee on Nov. 2, when New York City makes its last effort to beat out San Francisco to become the United States entry in the international competition.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others plan to travel to Colorado Springs for the final pitch, when representatives from each city will have one hour to make a case to the committee before it reaches its decision.

The video will be filmed beginning Sunday, when a mock torch relay is to be shot at Rockefeller Plaza and Times Square. On Monday, the fake ticker-tape parade is scheduled to be filmed in the "Canyon of Heroes" on Broadway between Wall and Fulton streets.

Cheering crowds will be made up of supporters of NYC2012, the group that has been spearheading the city's efforts to secure the Olympics, and the public, according to Suzi Halpin, a spokeswoman for NYC2012.

Halpin said other details of the video - including who would carry the torch in the mock relay - would remain secret.

"There are elements of the video that are going to be kept as a surprise," she said.

After the U.S. committee chooses between the two cities, the United States winner will then be entered into an international competition that will conclude in 2005, when the International Olympic Committee selects the host city.

Last month, the USOC said it was reviewing comments Bloomberg made during a trip to Athens to determine whether he violated rules that prohibit cities from campaigning for the games.

Bloomberg denied that he acted inappropriately. The committee is also reviewing possible violations by San Francisco.

A spokesman for the USOC said it would not publicly release the findings of the review. Rather, it would present the bidding cities with the findings and request a response. The findings and the responses would then be presented to the committee in charge of selecting the U.S. entry.