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Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2012: #5 Beijing Plans a 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid

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GamesBids.com presents the fifth annual Top Ten list of Olympic Bid Stories for 2012. These stories impacted the course of Olympic bids, or the Olympic bid process, and formed interesting plotlines for the year. We'll run them down from 10th to 1st during the holiday season.

Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2012: #5 Beijing Plans a 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid

We had to hold our virtual presses for this one.  On the day after Christmas, New York based International Business Times reported that Beijing has been planning a bid to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.

Beijing hosted the 2008 Games in spectacular fashion, breaking new ground for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  And just weeks after winning the privilege to host, Harbin, also in China, submitted an application to host the 2010 Winter Games (the bid subsequently fizzled when it missed the shortlist).

But now, just 14 years later, Beijing wants to relive their Games in the winter.  The Chinese government reportedly has plans for Beijing to team up with nearby (124 miles) Zhangjiakou to host the snow events.  Bids for the 2022 Games will be accepted by the IOC towards the end of 2013.

Harbin and Chengdu, China are also rumoured to be seeking the 2022 nomination to bid. 

Earlier in the countdown we noted that Salt Lake City was seeking to host the 2026 Winter Games, 22 years after its first Games; but China aims at taking repeat performances to a new level.  Don't expect the IOC to award these Games to Beijing without giving the rest of the globe a chance to host first - but it should be a very interesting bid.

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