Munich, Germany & Annecy, France were the other finalists in the July 6 vote
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The International Olympic Committee quickly picked PyeongChang, South Korea as the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics, reaching a decision on the first ballot at about 8:20 a.m. Mountain Time.
Visit the new host city’s official Olympic website: http://www.pyeongchang2018.org.
The quick vote was no unexpected, with PyeongChang a heavy favorite after bidding for the games twice before.
The Asian winter sports capital promises to host a compact games that could help spark more participation in winter sports throughout the region.
Other candidates were Munich, Germany, which would have become the first city to ever host both the summer and winter games.
Also in the running was Annecy, France, where some events would be held in the shadow of Mont Blanc, near Chamonix, which hosted the first-ever Winter Olympics in 1924.
Choosing PyeongChang, South Korea as the host city brings the games back to Asia for the first time since the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.
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