It looks like the Chicago 2016 committee is adding some much-needed firepower in its quest for the 2016 Olympics.
Battle, according to the Chicago Tribune, led international relations for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also has a long resume of Olympic-related consulting gigs, including work on Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, New York’s 2012 bid and Sochi 2014.
Barra is known for turning around the Turin 2006 Olympic effort; his European connections and fluency in four languages should also help the bid.
“They are assets on the international side, but really they are assets in a broad sense, because they have been broadly and deeply involved in other bids,” Chicago 2016 bid leader Patrick Ryan told the Tribune.