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Finalists for 2014 Olympics likely to be picked

Updated: June 20, 2006, 12:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- A year before the final vote, the race for the 2014 Winter Olympics is about to get serious.

The IOC executive board is meeting this week to trim the seven-city field to a list of finalists, probably three or four.

Expected to make the cut Thursday are Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, with Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi also a likely choice.

If the International Olympic Committee goes for a fourth candidate, Almaty, Kazakhstan, ...

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