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|Picking a Host|
On July 6, five cities bidding to host the 2012 Olympic Games will make their final presentations to the International Olympic Committee. Here's a look at each host city:
Thursday: New York
Population: 3 million in city center; 5.5 million in greater
Previous Olympics: None.
Major sporting events hosted: 50 world and European championships over past decade; 1982 soccer World Cup; 2004 European Swimming Championships; 2005 European Indoor Athletics Championships; 2005 World Taekwondo Championships.
Pros: Compact, low-cost project; economic and efficient metro system reaches more than 80 percent of venues; strong support of royal family; lobbying efforts by former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch; only major European capital that has never hosted the games.
Cons: Security worries after terrorist attacks on commuter trains last year and series of bombs set off by Basque group ETA near proposed Olympic venues; IOC concern over lack of hotel rooms; Spain hosted the games in 1992 in Barcelona.
Status: Dark horse.
Bookmaker Odds (William Hill): 20-1.