This just in, PeongChang has been named the 2018 Winter Olympics host city. It is located approximately 180 km east of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. PeongChang is actually the first city to receive full majority in the first round in the history of the modern Olympic games. It will also be the first time the Winter Olympics were awarded to an Asian country other than Japan. The city bid for the 2014 games, but lost them to Sochi, Russia. In 2010, PeongChang also beat out Vancouver in the first round for votes, but Vancouver ended up winning in the end.
The three cities that were finalists this time round were Munich, Germany, Annecy, France and PyeongChang, South Korea. Once the votes had been cast, IOC President Jaques Rogge declared that a host city had been chosen, meaning one of three had received majority vote.
“Koreans have been waiting for 10 years to host the Winter Games,” bid leader Cho Yang-ho told The Associated Press. “Now we have finally achieved our dream.” The amazing South Korean Olympic champion Kim Yu-na (depicted above) was there to hear the news first hand and was brought to tears. “I am lost for words about now,” Kim told the AP. “I can’t say anything right now. I’m really excited. It will be very good to compete in my own country.”
Mark your calendars (in the unlikely event that you have a 2018 calendar): The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place February 9-24, 2018.
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