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ARCHIVE - 2010 Olympic Bid - Vancouver
The 2010 Olympic Bid culminated July 2, 2003 at the 115th IOC session in Prague. Czech Republic. The campaign began with a list of eight bids that was trimmed to four after the initial evaluation. Berne was forced to withdraw after losing a local support referendum. Vancouver held its own referendum but was successful and three bids - PyeongChang, Salzburg and Vancouver went into the final vote.
It was perceived that Salzburg and Vancouver had the best bids and PyeongChang was further behind, however geopolitics created surprises on voting day when Salzburg fell off the first ballot after getting only 16 votes. The speculation was that voters did not want the Games in Europe in 2010, they wanted a summer European Games in 2012 instead.
An even bigger surprise was PyeongChang's strong showing, winning the first ballot and only three votes short of clinching it. However Vancouver picked up most of Salzburg's votes from the first round and narrowly won by three votes in the final round. PyeongChang had been lobbying very aggressively in the closing days of the campaign.
May 2, 2003 - IOC evaluation commission issues report on candidate cities to IOC executive board.
TBA - IOC Executive Board designates which Cities will be submitted for the election (i.e. final short-list)
July 2, 2003 - In Prague, IOC to vote on 2010 host city. 115th IOC Sesion.
The Evaluation Commission was appointed on October 24, 2002. The team analysed the candidature files that the three candidate cities submitted January 2003 and made inspections on site before issuing a report in May 2003.
Chairman: Mr Gerhard HEIBERG (NOR)
Executive Director: Mr Gilbert FELLI (SUI)
IOC representatives: Mr Chiharu IGAYA (JPN), Mr Peter TALLBERG (FIN), H.R.H. The Prince of ORANGE (NED)
IF representatives: Mr Oskar FISCHER (GER) FIS, Mr Roy SINCLAIR (GBR) WCF
NOC representatives: Mr Tsunekazu TAKEDA (JPN), Mr José Luis MARCO (ARG)
Athletes' representative: Ms Pernilla WIBERG (SWE)
Experts: Mr Olav MYRHOLT (NOR) Environment, Mr Grant THOMAS (USA) Former OCOG, Mr Rémy CHARMETANT (FRA) Former OCOG, Mr Rick LUDWIG (USA) Finance