PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang 2018

The South Korean city of PyeongChang swept the opening round of voting at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.  Needing a 50 per cent majority plus one, PyeongChang amassed an impressive 63 votes in just the first round of voting ahead of Munich, Germany on 25 votes and French city Annecy on seven votes. This meant that no further rounds of voting were required; PyeongChang would host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

(L-R) Olympic skier and Korean adoptee Toby Dawson of the United States, South Korea's president Lee Myung Bak, bid chairman Yang Ho Cho, Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim, Korean Olympic Committee President Yong Sung Park and Director of Communications Theresa Rah celebrate as PyeongChang is choosen as the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games during the 123rd IOC session on July 6, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. The annual general meeting of the members of the International Olympic Committee held in Durban choose the host city from three candidate cities, Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang.

The PyeongChang 2018 vision is to explore New Horizons. With a budding youth population and a strong strategic position in Asia, PyeongChang hopes the 2018 Games will enable a legacy of new growth and new potential. Located in the Gangwon Province, PyeongChang will present one of the most compact Games in Winter Olympic history.

South Koreans celebrate being selected as 2018 Winter Olympic host city at Alpensia Resort on July 7, 2011 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang finally won the Winter Olympic host race after being beaten by Vancouver for 2010 and Sochi for 2014.

There will be two central venue clusters in PyeongChang: the Gangneung Coastal Cluster (Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey & Curling) and the PyeongChang Alpensia Cluster (Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Skeleton & Luge). Some Alpine events will also take place at Jeongseon Jungbong, while Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard will be hosted at Bokwang Phoenix Park.

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