UPDATE: As expected, PyeongChang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is the first city to receive a full majority in the first round in the history of the modern games. This was PyeongChang’s second attempt as a host city, after it failed to win the bid for the 2014 games, which were awarded to Sochi, Russia. This marks the first time an Asian country other than Japan has hosted the Winter Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee convened for its 123rd session and the members cast their votes for the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The three finalists were Munich, Germany, Annecy, France and PyeongChang, South Korea. After the voting, IOC President Jaques Rogge announced that the host city had been chosen, which means one of the cities received a majority vote.
The official announcement of the host city is coming at 3 p.m. GMT, which is 11 a.m. EDT in the United States, so stay tuned for the news. According to Reuters, PyeongChang was considered the favorite. In the live broadcast on the IOC website, it did show a few of the initial votes cast on a screen – PyeongChang received 7, Munich received 6 and Annecy received 2. Of course, there were many votes left to be cast.
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place February 9-24, 2018. Check back for the host city announcement.