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The city of PyeongChang will host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. This followed 1 round of voting by the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 6 July 2011 at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.
Three cities were proposed by their National Olympic Committees to host the 2018 Games: Munich (GER), Annecy (FRA), and PyeongChang (KOR)*. At its meeting on 22 June 2010, the IOC Executive Board selected all three cities as Candidate Cities and they continued to the second phase of the bid process.
At the final vote in Durban, PyeongChang was elected with 63 votes to Munich's 25 votes and Annecy's 7 votes). This gave PyeongChang the majority that it needed to overcome the stiff competition put -up by Munich and Annecy.
123rd IOC Session, 6 July 2011, Durban:Election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
* Listed in the order of drawing of lots
PyeongChang 2018's vision for the 2018 Games is to offer the Olympic Movement and the world of winter sports New Horizons - a legacy of new growth and new potential never seen before. Its Winter Games plan is one of the most compact in Olympic history, it offers a unique stage on which the world’s best athletes can achieve superior performances. With PyeongChang’s strategic position in Asia, and its access to a young and fast growing youth market, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will no doubt expose new generations of potential athletes to the power of winter sport.
Munich 2018 was planning a festival of friendship for the world. Their vision was of a world united in friendship and peace through sport, as they looked to deliver a legacy of a global event that delivered sustainable benefits for generations to come. Their compact athlete-centred plan would have created ideal conditions for peak performance. The full-stadium atmosphere, the Bavarian welcome and the festival in the streets was to ignite the Olympic spirit and lift the competitions to that rare plateau that the athletes deserve. Munich 2018’s concept was firmly rooted in an ethic of sustainability. The use of existing venues and mass transport infrastructure and minimal new construction meant a uniquely low impact plan.
Annecy 2018’s Games were to be shaped by tradition and inspired by athletes and Olympism. Its goal was to reunite the rich Alpine heritage of the Haute-Savoie region with the power of the Olympic Games – to deliver a spectacular celebration of the mountains and, at the same time, help to secure their future for the next generation. Annecy was determined to use its past achievements and its present expertise to deliver a new blueprint for the future, which would have helped the sustainable growth of winter sports and the Olympic Movement. An Annecy 2018 Olympic Winter Games would have harnessed the enormous natural beauty and the rich mountain heritage of Haute-Savoie to deliver exceptional Games: Games in touch with the original spirit and the special character of the Winter programme, which would have created a fantastic platform for sharing winter sports culture with the world.