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Pyeongchang awarded 2018 Winter Olympics

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South Koreans celebrate after obtaining a first-round majority in the vote for Pyeongchang to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, during a night rally to support the bid in Pyeongchang on July Wednesday, July 6.

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South Korean supporters and soldiers gather to watch the live TV announcement for the 2018 Winter Olympics bid taking place in Durban, South Africa, at a ski jumping hill in Pyeongchang on Thursday. The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, taking the games to a new territory in Asia after failing in two previous attempts.

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From left, freestyle skier Toby Dawson, South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak, Chairman and CEO of the bid committee Cho Yang Ho, Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na, President of the South Korean Olympic Bid Committee Park Y.S. and members of the Pyeongchang 2018 bid committee react after the announcement of the winning city bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games during the 123rd IOC session in Durban on Wednesday. Pyeongchang of South Korea won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, comprehensively winning a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over rivals Munich of Germany and France's Annecy.

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Air balloons hover over the St.Mary's column in Munich on Wednesday, despite the final decision by International Olympic Committee on the 2018 Winter Olympic city.

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Former figure skater and Olympic champion Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, reacts with Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and Olympic champion, after the announcing of the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games during the 123rd IOC session on Wednesday.

The AP reports from Durban, South Africa:

The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday after failing in two previous attempts.

Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich and Annecy, France, in a landslide in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee.

Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven. Continue reading.