The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi — thanks in part to personal intervention by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, reports Reuters. Putin addressed a session of the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala City in English, French and Spanish, helping Sochi win a 51-47 vote victory over Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Pyeongchang also narrowly lost out to Vancouver four years ago for the 2010 Olympics. While the Russians celebrated, there was a less than a sporting response from the Korean delegation. "It's almost like being stabbed in the back. I don't get it," said a South Korean representative.