Some on the bid committee were saying Chicago had up to 33 votes in the first round. Charlie Battle of Atlanta, among half a dozen international relations consultants paid by the bid committee, said he expected “23 or 24.”

Instead, Chicago wound up with 18 and was knocked out in the first round, when Tokyo had 22 votes, eventual winner Rio de Janeiro had 26 and Madrid, 28…

“I don’t think it was miscounting,” Chicago 2016 Chairman Patrick Ryan said. “I think people changed their mind once they got in the closed session.”…

“What I heard on a consistent basis was the first round vote was the most dangerous, and if we were able to navigate our way through that, we were in reasonably good shape,” said U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst. “It turned out that whatever vote counting we may have done, it wasn’t enough to get us through the first round.”