Olympics: 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Lindberg to lead IOC panel for 2018 Games

August, 5, 2011
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Swedish Olympic official Gunilla Lindberg will head the IOC panel monitoring preparations for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that Lindberg will chair the 11-person coordination commission for Pyeongchang. The South Korean resort was awarded the games last month, beating bids from Munich and Annecy, France.

Lindberg led the IOC's evaluation commission which assessed the three bids and will rejoin the IOC executive board at the end of the month. She has been an IOC member since 1996 and served as an IOC vice president from 2004-08. She is secretary general of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Other members of the coordination panel include American IOC athletes' member Angela Ruggiero, Japan's Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda and Danish member Crown Prince Frederik.

After two defeats, Pyeongchang celebrates

July, 6, 2011

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Hundreds of South Koreans gathered at a giant ski jump in Pyeongchang to celebrate the remote alpine town receiving the 2018 Winter Olympics on Thursday.

The decision in a vote by the IOC brought a roar of delight, leaps of excitement, hugs, screams and some tears of joy from the crowd in front of a giant television screen at a stadium attached to the 100-meter-tall ski jump, one of the venues Pyeongchang plans to use in 2018.

The town of 47,000 near South Korea's east coast was the favorite to win the vote, after being narrowly defeated by Vancouver and Sochi in its two previous attempts to host a Winter Olympics.

"This is indescribably joyous," said Lim Myeong-rae, a 53-year-old who recalled riding wooden skis on a Pyeongchang hill in his childhood. "The two previous defeats no longer feel bitter in my heart. There is nothing more I want in my life now."

In Pyeongchang, almost every major South Korean broadcasting station set up a booth to broadcast the announcement live, and busloads of people arranged themselves in neat rows in the stadium, waving flags and singing songs with hopeful messages.

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Switzerland focuses on 2022 Games

July, 6, 2011
ITTIGEN, Switzerland -- Switzerland has reacted to Pyeongchang's victory as 2018 Winter Olympics host by stepping up its campaign to bid for the 2022 Games.

The Swiss Olympic Committee believes South Korea's win Wednesday will improve Europe's chances of being the next host and says its executive committee will choose a preferred candidate on Aug. 11.

A joint bid from the luxury mountain resorts of Davos and St. Moritz and a city-based candidacy in Geneva are on a shortlist of five options.

The chosen candidate will need further approval from Switzerland's sports federations at a meeting next year.

Switzerland has a strong Alpine sports tradition, hosting the Winter Olympics twice -- at St. Moritz in 1928 and '48.