Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2010: #2 Olympic Bid Shortlist for 2010 Includes All 3 Candidates; Annecy Warned

GamesBids.com presents the third annual Top Ten list of Olympic Bid Stories for 2010. These stories impacted the course of Olympic bids, or the Olympic bid process, and formed interesting plotlines for the year. We’ll run them down from 10th to 1st during the holiday season.

Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2010: #2 Olympic Bid Shortlist for 2010 Includes All 3 Candidates; Annecy Warned

In June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted all three applicants for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, permitting them to proceed to the international phase of their campaigns. Annecy France, Munich Germany and PyeongChang Korea celebrated the good news.

In an initial evaluation report released in conjunction with the decision, it was clear that Munich and PyeongChang were the leaders in the race as Annecy was given a stern warning by the IOC to improve its venue concept in order to be competitive. Typically, deficient bids would be excluded from the short list, but since only three cities applied – the lowest in several years – it seemed the IOC gave Annecy a second chance in order to increase options for voting IOC members.

PyeongChang, a third time bidder and the most experienced in the race, received a slight edge on the evaluation report leading in three categories including public support. The IOC will pick the winner on July 6, 2011 in Durban.

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A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.