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For the Gold

United proudly supports the Olympics and U.S. Olympic Team

Photography United airlines creative services

CUBS SCOUT-Shawn Johnson throws the first pitch at Wrigley Field.

Shawn johnson would love to see Chicago selected as host city of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For one, the charismatic 17-year-old gymnast knows a little something about the Olympic Games—she brought home gold and silver medals for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008 in Beijing.

And as a native of the U.S. Midwest—Shawn’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, is just a hop, skip and a backflip from Chicago—seeing the games in the Windy City “would be the greatest thing ever.”

United Airlines shares Shawn’s enthusiasm for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and, like Shawn, is hoping Chicago is selected to host the 2016 Games. Chicago’s bid has been widely supported by the region’s business community, nonprofits, elected officials, athletes and—perhaps most importantly—by Olympics fans across the country. As Chicago’s hometown carrier, United has played an important role in the city’s bid for two years, providing transportation around the world for Chicago 2016. And United will proudly fly the organization to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the October 2 announcement of the selection.

United has served as the official airline of the U.S. Olympic Team for three decades. For United employees—from customer service agents and ramp workers at dozens of airports to flight attendants on board and pilots in command—flying the U.S. Olympic Team is a tremendous source of pride. For a specialized group of reservations sales agents, staffing United’s dedicated Olympic Desk has been a unique privilege, enabling them to get to know U.S. Olympic Committee employees personally.

These are relationships that—to United—are worth their weight in gold.

Visit chicago2016.org for more information.


See for yourself what a world-class city Chicago is. United and United Express touch down in the Windy City more than 500 times 
a day, with nonstop service from airports on four continents. And whether you’re visiting from the City that Never Sleeps, 
the City of Angels, the 
City of Brotherly Love or the City of Lights, stretch out in roomy comfort in United Economy Plus and enjoy up to five inches of additional legroom.

If you’d like to be in Copenhagen on October 2 when the International Olympic Committee selects the site of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, United and our 
Star Alliance partners will get you there. Fly United 
to London, Frankfurt, 
Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam and connect seamlessly on SAS or Lufthansa into Copenhagen.  God rejse! (That’s Danish 
for bon voyage!)

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