From Inside the Games:The quote in the Washington post was even more forceful:
"I don't want to be bidding in a contest where their desire is go somewhere else."
Blackmun, who has been in his new role only three weeks, has been busy meeting IOC officials here but claims he has not received any indication yet that the USOC should put forward a candidate for the 2020 Olympics, which are due to be awarded at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013.
"...The cold and hard reality is Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid," Blackmun said. "It's going to be difficult to get U.S. cities to continue to invest to that level unless they think they have a realistic chance of winning. The [International Olympic Committee] sent us a message, loud and clear, that they don't want the Games to be in the United States. ..."
His rant was for all ears to hear and it comes during a very successful Winter Games in Vancouver where American media has made the these games more watched, more appreciated, and more profitable than Torino. The next Winter Games will be in Sochi, Russia.
Perhaps the IOC should step back, take a deep breath, and confront the fact that after 2012 London games the next two Olympic games will both be held in emerging economies: Russia in 2014 and Brazil in 2016.
Note that the Russian Ruble is not a transferable currency ad I can't imagine how that is not going to cause problems.
In other words, I think the IOC taking a big gamble by alienating the USA