For Rio, a major appeal was bringing the Olympics to South America for the first time.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said in the news conference afterward that in addition to its excellent bid, Rio had the "extra-added value of going for the first time to a continent that's never had the Games."
He also noted that Brazil helped its chances this year when it did not get the 2012 Games awarded four years ago.
"Rio remained humble," he said. "They wanted to listen, to repair their shortcomings."
Who knew that humility was one of the criteria. Do you think maybe we sent the wrong guy to plead our case?