Munich Vying To Get The Bid For The 2018 Winter Olympic Games
The site for the Winter Olympics of 2018 is up for bid. Munich, Germany; Annecy, France and Pyeongchang, South Korea are each in hard competition for the rights to host the event. But, unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until 6 July of 2011 to find out who the host will be of these anticipated winter games. Thank goodness everything points to Munich’s bid to host the Winter Olympic Games 2018 as the coming winner (although, that doesn’t need to mean a thing).
Recently, Munich moved into the lead as the popular choice with the general public. By survey from a national broadcaster, 75% of the German people participating in the survey have backed Germany’s third largest city with its two venues proposed – in Munich itself and at two Bavarian mountain resorts, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Schönau am Königssee.
The games will be held in February of 2018, and, of course, is being organized by the International Olympic Committee. This year the committee received the lowest number of bids for the winter games since 1988. There were only three. And all three were selected as candidates in the race to win.
Since Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, if Munich wins this time around, it will be the first city to host both summer and winter Olympic games and to host Olympic games twice. It will also be the first time the country has hosted Olympic games since reunification.
Another big plus: Most of the facilities from the 1972 games still exist (and in good condition), giving Munich an additional advantage.
If Munich doesn’t win this bid, that won’t defeat this great city. There are still plans to go forward and put in a bid for the 2022 games. :-)
Showcasing sustainability is a vision of the Munich 2018 games. Projects have been developed which align to the strategies of the country to care for our environment. Some of these projects include a sustainable Olympic Park, green building materials, nutrition programs and compensating for international air traffic and its effect on the climate. With a total of 18 projects ongoing, Munich is showing its commitment to protecting the environment.
Munich’s bid to host the Winter Olympic Games 2018 means forming and maintaining an international center for summer and winter sports, one that will be a legacy for generations to come. Athletes hold Germany in awe when it comes to passion for year round sports, and they also encourage a passion for sports to carry forward in the youth.
The spectacular vision Munich possesses for a unique and unified setting for the games only adds to the prospect of an amazing year. Venues include Ice Park and Snow Park villages, with media centers, stadiums and a careful planning of training and celebration sites incorporated. The plans serve to enhance the competitive atmosphere and make convenience the word of the day.
Besides numerous advertisements supporting Munich’s bid, one of the world’s foremost football leagues is giving huge support in bringing the winter games to Germany. Bundesliga and its many internationally famous scoring stars, such as Stefan Kießling, Dennis Aogo and Lukas Podolski, are appearing on television giving their endorsement of Germany’s bid for the Olympic Games. Such campaigns intend to bring in the support of athletes around the world.
Yes, the world’s eyes are now on Munich, with its incredible heritage of international competition, sports celebrations and organizational excellence. It is quite possible that the Bid Committee will find it hard to resist voting Munich as the winner when July rolls around.
And we Germans are waiting with bated breath…
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