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How Sochi got 2014 Winter Olympics
The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia are still a day away, yet social media has already torched the city’s effort. From bathroom hygiene to stray dogs—no detail has gone without scrutiny. Athletes, media and fans are all piling on the #SochiProblems bandwagon.
Which all begs the question: How did Sochi get the games and who were they up against?
Here you go …
The bid nominations began in 2004 with the following cities showing interest: Salzburg, Austria; Sofia, Bulgaria; PyeongChang, South Korea; Borjomi, Georgia; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Jaca, Spain; and Sochi.
In 2006, the IOC narrowed the short list to three: Salzburg, PyeongChang and Sochi.
After visiting each of the cities, the IOC took a final vote on July 4th, 2007 in Guatemala City. In the first round of voting, PyeongChang narrowly defeated Sochi 36-34. Salzburg (25 votes) finished third and was eliminated. In the second round and one of the closest in Olympic bidding history, Sochi beat PyeongChang 51-47 and won the bid.
Here’s the AP account from that day:
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered the 2014 Olympics to Sochi with a passionate presentation in Guatemala City, giving the Winter Olympics power a home-field advantage for the first time.
The Black Sea resort of Sochi defeated the South Korean city of Pyeongchang 51-47 in the final round of voting by the International Olympic Committee.
The Austrian resort of Salzburg was eliminated in the first round of the secret ballot, setting up the decisive head-to-head contest between Sochi and Pyeongchang.
And, here is Putin in 2007 delivering his sales pitch to the IOC: