July 29, 2005

2014 Application Deadline Passes

Yesterday was the deadline for submission of bids to host the 2014 winter Olympic games.

Seven bids were received: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Borjomi, Georgia; Jaca, Spain; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Salzburg, Austria; Sochi, Russia, and Sofia, Bulgaria. None of these cities has ever hosted a winter Olympics. All except Borjomi have submitted unsuccessful bids before. Pyeongchang and Salzburg were finalists for 2010, with Vancouver ultimately edging out Pyeongchang in a very close vote.

The IOC may trim the list of seven to a short list of finalists in June 2006. I think, given this list, that you can count on it.

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