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South Korean city Pyeongchang to host 2018 Winter Olympics

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DURBAN, South Africa -- The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics today after failing in two previous attempts.

Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich and Annecy, France, in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee.

Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven.

The Koreans had lost narrowly in previous bids for the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

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