Several factors at play in Sochi's win for 2014 Olympics
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The Putin factor. The Samaranch factor. The African factor. All were crucial in Russia's victory in the race for the 2014 Winter Olympics, a campaign that underlined the growing influence of global political and economic might in the bid process.
"It's a little frightening for the future because if you are a small country it's going to be hard to put together a bid like that," said French IOC member and skiing great Jean Claude-Killy.
The Black Sea resort of Sochi defeated Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Salzburg, Austria, in Wednesday's secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee. After Salzburg was eliminated in the first round, Sochi won 51-47 in the finalhttp://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-ioc-2014&prov=ap&type=lgns
Russia Awarded 2014 Winter Olympic Games
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: July 5, 2007
Filed at 6:14 a.m. ET
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- ''The captain'' delivered in the clutch for Russia. The personal appeal and power of Russian President Vladimir Putin swayed just enough votes among Olympic leaders Wednesday to bring his nation its first Winter Olympics -- bitterly disappointing South Korea and Austria.
International Olympic Committee members credited Putin's personal lobbying for the 51-47 victory that put the 2014 games in Sochi, a Black Sea resort where the snow-capped Caucasus mountains rise from some of Russia's warmest beaches.
Putin flew in directly from a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush, flattering delegates by spending time with them and reassuring many about his government's financial commitment to the billions of dollars needed to prepare ''the Russian Riviera'' for the winter games.
He also charmed some by uncharacteristically using English and French during Russia's final presentation Wednesday.http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/sports/AP-OLY-IOC-2014.html?ex=1341115200&en=7bfa7d270900a155&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss