10/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Oprah's Olympic Party

Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant and nearly 150 other U.S. Olympians joined Oprah Winfrey in Millennium Park Wednesday morning for the taping of her show's season premiere, airing Monday.

Around 9,000 fans attended the taping, which also served as a showcase for Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid.

From ABC 7's report:

"This is the city, so I'm hoping that other people will see that and the Olympic committee will take note," said Oprah Winfrey, talk show host.


Wednesday, a first for Chicago Mayor Richard Daley: he's never before attended a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show. The mayor was right up front and before the show he hoped to have the chance to say a few words about Chicago's Olympic bid.

"It does make a difference, in a sense that you show the outpouring of people really want the Olympics for 2016 in Chicago and the Paralympics. They want it not only here in Chicago but in America. I think America is waiting for them to come back in 2016," said Mayor Daley.

"What I'm hoping is that the spirit and energy of what these athletes bring when they all come together, all of their, you know, discipline and triumph and the victory, that the energy of that will come across that screen and the Olympic committee will say 'What were we thinking? Chicago, that's the only city,' " said Winfrey.

Watch NBC's report on Olympians arriving for the taping:

Click here to see the full list of athletes.