Competition hots up in Copenhagen
There's so much spin going on in the lobby and bars of the Marriott in Copenhagen, I'm surprised the hotel isn't ripping off its foundations and starting to revolve.
That's where most of the 106 voting members of the International Olympic Committee are staying so, naturally, it has become a magnet for all the PR advisors of the four cities bidding to host the 2016 Games, their officials, celebrity supporters, journalists, camera crews and the just plain inquisitive.
Four years ago in Singapore, when London came away with the spoils, it was pretty intense at this time. Here, it feels even more so. Perhaps it's the closeness of the race.
Everyone I've spoken to here is hedging their bets, although Chicago and Rio de Janeiro seem to be out in front of Madrid and Tokyo.
The smallest things are being seized upon: In the last couple of days when a member of the Spanish Olympic committee described Rio's bid as deserving to finish fourth, it prompted an immediate complaint to the IOC's ethics commission.
Rio has also complained about a member of the Chicago bid saying Brazil didn't deserve an Olympic Games just two years after the football World Cup.
According to the rules of engagement, bid teams aren't supposed to comment on their rivals, although the feeling is that there's actually been less scrutiny of the bidders' activities in this campaign than there was when London, Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid were slugging it out in Singapore.
Jacques Rogge has intervened to defend the voting process, after questions about suspect vote trading, prompted by President Sarkozy's claim that all of France's were behind Rio and, "our votes are yours."
Some pointed out that those remarks came during an official visit to Brazil where one of the chief topics for discussion was the possible placement of an order for French-built fighter jets.
Rogge told us: "IOC members are utterly independent, even when their president tries to herd them in a certain direction. There is no-one in the world who can deliver votes except the member himself with his own single vote."
It's a secret ballot anyway so - in theory - no-one can ever know how you've voted.
There does seem to be genuine belief that any one of the four bids could be victorious and the first round will be crucial.
At that stage a bid has to rely on its core vote, and then hope to keep on picking up second and third preference votes in later rounds of the contest to see it to victory.
Hearts will be in mouths. The tension is building. Barrack Obama's impending arrival is the chief talking point. But whether it will be enough to woo the IOC electorate remains to be seen.
They're in the luxurious position of knowing that any one of the four will do a good job, if they trust the strong verdicts delivered on the cities by their own Evaluation Commission.
One IOC member told us he always waits until the final presentations to make his mind up. He wants to see what they're all like under pressure, because what follows for the successful candidate is seven years of relentless scrutiny.
It's what goes with the turf, but the prize is worth it, it seems.