Chicago 2016 Update: Local committee adds two Olympic vets

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It looks like the Chicago 2016 committee is adding some much-needed firepower in its quest for the 2016 Olympics.

Atlanta-based attorney Charles H. Battle Jr. and Luciano Barra were recruited by Chicago 2016 to help the bid along.

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.

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