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Sochi Elected as Host City of XXII Olympic Winter Games


The city of Sochi has been elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014. The announcement has just been made by IOC President Jacques Rogge in Guatemala City, where the IOC members are meeting. Sochi was elected in the second round of voting with 51 votes against 47 votes for PyeongChang.

Unsurpassed Excellence
The vision of Sochi 2014 is to unite the resources of the city of Sochi, the Krasnodar region and the Russian nation to develop in Sochi greatly needed sports and resort infrastructure, in a sustainable, inclusive, environmentally responsible manner. Their goal is to deliver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of unsurpassed excellence for the athletes, the Olympic family, the Paralympic family and the world.

Inspire and Energise
The Sochi 2014 Games will provide a new gateway for winter sport in Russia. Part of its legacy will look to establish Russia’s first international-quality training and competition facilities for Alpine skiing, sliding sports and ski jumping. The facilities in Sochi will inspire the youth of the nation and energise the growth of winter sports, serving not only Russian athletes but also those of an entire region. All the key Olympic infrastructure locations in Sochi have been selected to ensure maximum sustainability and legacy after the Games by addressing existing sport, tourism and commercial infrastructure needs.

Sochi 2014 will provide the Olympic Movement with a “once-in-a-lifetime” Winter Games experience. The Sochi Olympic Park will offer an innovative solution, situated on the Black Sea coast in an area designated for significant development. It will include all ice venues, the Olympic Stadium, the Main Media Centre (MMC), and the main Olympic Village. It has been designed by experienced Olympic planners to offer athletes and officials, the IOC, the media, the sponsors and spectators extraordinary convenience and opportunities to enjoy the Games. The mountain venues will be only 49 km away from the coastal cluster and are located in the mountain region of Krasnaya Polyana, or “Red Meadow”. The mountain venues are also clustered within a single valley, making travel times short.

The Vote
The IOC members made their choice for 2014 based on not only the candidature files and presentations made today by the delegations from Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea)*, but also on the basis of the detailed report and presentation made by the IOC’s Evaluation Commission for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which was chaired by IOC member Chiharu Igaya.

*Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots

Results of the vote:

Round 1
Sochi: 34
Salzburg: 25
PyeongChang: 36

Round 2
Sochi: 51
PyeongChang: 47


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