Winfrey sprints through Denmark for the 'O'-lympics

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Oprah's shaking hands, smiling wide, doing anything she can to help sell Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics.

She joined Mayor Daley, Michelle Obama and other dignitaries in Copenhagen this week for the last hard-sell opportunity before Friday's vote by the International Olympic Committee, selecting which city will host the games seven years from now. Chicago's competition is Madrid, Tokyo and Rio De Janeiro.

No time for jetlag, Oprah hit the ground running.

Oprah has held court in restaurants and posed for a hundred photos. She's stopped a good amount of traffic. She couldn't even go shopping in the Danish capital without creating a hubub, with Danes shouting, "Oprah! Oprah!"


She's certainly attracting attention, which is why she was asked to join the team. Hopefully, her own brand will lend glitz and glamor to the city's bid.

And she says she's willing to do her part.

"Whoever's there, I'll talk to them," Winfrey said.

The first lady arrived Wednesday and has spent much of her time meeting one-on-one with IOC members in a private suite at the official hotel. The sit-downs are brief but give her an opportunity to share her story -- she grew up on the city's South Side, near where most of the venues would be -- and assure IOC members that Chicago is sincere about its desire to use the Olympics to inspire children and transform their lives. It's the same message she gave Wednesday night at a dinner with Chicago supporters.

"I was moved," Winfrey said. "And they already had my vote."

She told CBS2 yesterday: ""Well, they just asked that I show up and be friendly, so that's not very hard for me. I think we're going to be meeting with some of the delegates tomorrow and have some conversations and tell them how great we are, and why there really is no other choice. But other than that, it really is about just heralding our city, as we all know how great it is. I'm sort of an ambassador."


And, on a final note, Conan O'Brien joked last night: "President Obama and Oprah Winfrey are going to Copenhagen together this week to push for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. The bad news is while they're gone the country's going to be run by Joe Biden and Jerry Springer."

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