Sochi Wins 2014 Games

Putin speech helps Black Sea resort win Winter Oympics
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2007 4:52 AM CDT
Fireworks explode as thousands of crowd burst in cheers and applause as the Russian resort city of Sochi becomes the host of the 2014 winter games in Sochi early Thursday, July 5, 2007. Sochi was competing...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.