Munich 2018 Bid Gets Boost At Athletes Homecoming

Thousands of cheering fans in Munich welcomed Germany’s Olympic medalists and team from the Vancouver Games, showcasing Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Games.

The athletes were given a civic reception in Munich’s City Hall before a celebration party began in front of Munich’s famous “Victory Arch” in the centre of the city, said a press release. Germany finished second in the Vancouver 2010 medal table with a total of 30 medals – 10 gold.

The German National Team was invited by the Lord Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, to sign the Golden Book of Munich.

Willy Bogner, Munich 2018 CEO said, “I am absolutely delighted with this extraordinary welcome party for our athletes in Munich. It is the first time all the national athletes have gathered in one place to meet fans and supporters from all over Germany. This is a great experience. If Munich stages the Winter Games in 2018, I am certain that the Bavarian fans will ensure a non-stop Olympic celebration like today”.

There was also an official send-off of Germany’s Paralympic team competing in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games starting March 12.