(CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark, next month to promote her hometown of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games, the White House announced Friday.
The choice has been narrowed down to four cities: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Mrs. Obama will attend the International Olympic Committee Session at the Bella Center – Copenhagen Congress Center on October 2, where the winner will be selected and announced.
President Obama can't make the cross-Atlantic trip due to his busy schedule relating to his efforts at health care reform, the White House said, so Mrs. Obama and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett will go instead. The First Lady grew up on the South Side of Chicago.
"One of the great honors I have as First Lady is to represent America around the world and it is with great pride that I will go to Copenhagen to make the case for the United States to host the 2016 Olympics," Mrs. Obama said in a statement. "There is no doubt in my mind that Chicago would offer the world a fantastic setting for these historic games and I hope that the Olympic torch will have the chance to burn brightly in my hometown."
The first couple will also host an event at the White House on September 16 to support Chicago's bid to host the Olympic Games, according to the White House. Olympic athletes will visit local schools in the morning and head to the White House in the afternoon.