2018 - Who will win?
8 June 2011
On the eve of the IOC Election in Durban to decide on the Host City for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, all three candidates are confdent about their chances. The race is on between Annecy (France), Munich (Germany) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea).
Below is information as extracted from the IOC’s 2018 Evaluation Commission Report on each host city in order that they will present on Wednesday 6 July.
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The German city of Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, and if selected for 2018, would be the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games.
Munich’s vision for 2018 combines the region’s passion for winter sports and its experience in regularly hosting major festivals and events. The city’s bid theme is: “Festival of Friendship”.
Munich has considerable experience in organising major events including the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Munich’s annual Oktoberfest which attracts more than 6 million visitors, and recent World Championships in alpine skiing, bobsleigh and skeleton.
Plans for the Games align with the city’s long-term sustainable development ideals, town planning and environmental protection strategies and have already contributed to the delivery of local and regional plans.
The Games will revitalise and transform existing venues in Munich from the 1972 Games and will also incorporate the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (host of the 1936 Olympic Winter Games), and the existing venue at Königssee.
Legacies from a Munich 2018 Games would include the construction of two new multi-sports facilities, investment in road infrastructure in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area, an increase in sustainable and social housing, the revitalisation of the Munich Olympic Park, a research and education “Centre for Sustainability” and the accelerated implementation of accessibility measures.
With an extensive use of existing and temporary facilities, a Munich 2018 Games would be low-impact with a high degree of sustainability.
Nestled in the Alps in South-East France, the picturesque and historic town of Annecy is bidding for the 2018 Games. Annecy’s vision is for the Games to act as a catalyst and a model for sustainable development in the mountain region to ensure the growth of winter sports and the tourism industry and enable diversification of the industry to include new sports activities throughout the year, while preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
Plans feature an eco-resort research programme which will develop guidelines and a certification system for environmentally-sensitive mountain development in the region and act as a future standard for ski resorts for the tourism industry.
Annecy proposes to use existing infrastructure, new infrastructure and Games-time temporary facilities, reflecting the Games vision to limit environmental impact.
There are three zones: Annecy, Chamonix/Mont Blanc (host of the first ever Olympic Winter Games in 1924) and La Clusaz/Le Grand Bornand, as well as an existing stand-alone venue at La Plagne. A feature of the concept is that the Annecy and Chamonix zones would both host a combination of snow and ice sports, allowing visitors to more easily attend multiple competitions within each zone.
Pyeongchang, South Korea
After narrowly missing twice in bidding for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the Korean city of Pyeongchang is again in the running for the 2018 Games.
Pyeongchang 2018’s vision, reflected in its motto “New Horizons”, is for the City and Region to become a new winter sports hub in Asia, and for the Games to be the catalyst for the further and accelerated growth of winter sports participation, particularly amongst youth, in Korea and throughout Asia. The bid aims to develop interest in winter sports not traditionally popular in Korea.
Pyeongchang plans to build on the considerable infrastructure and sports development that has resulted from pledges made in the bids for 2010 and 2014, demonstrating an ongoing commitment. These include new competition venues and the development of the “Dream Programme” which provides winter sports opportunities to youth from countries with limited access to winter sports.
The 2018 bid is firmly integrated into national, regional and local government plans to continue developing regional infrastructure and facilities for the growing Asian winter sports market, with much of the development and many major accommodation, transport and environmental projects being delivered irrespective of the result of the 2018 bid.
The Games will take place in two zones, 20 minutes apart: the Alpensia zone in Pyeongchang and the Coastal zone in Gangneung.
Pyeongchang would provide an economic legacy for the region through infrastructure and tourism development for winter sport and related services. In addition, the Games would leave legacies in terms of education and awareness programmes, aimed particularly at youth, in regard to Olympism and the promotion of sports participation.