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Korean presenters aim to impress IOC members with presentations

Date: July 01, 2007

Just hours before the vote to pick the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the three bidding cities will make 45-minute presentations to International Olympic Committee (IOC) members that will likely determine the result of their dead-heat race, Korean bid officials said Saturday (June 30).

With only four days left before the IOC ballot, the three-way race between Korea's PyeongChang, Russia's Sochi and Austria's Salzburg, is still too close to call, observers say.

"Since the competition is so intense, the country that will prevail will be determined by the presentations," Bahng Jae-heung, secretary-general of PyeongChang's bid committee, told reporters.

Nearly one third of the 90-100 IOC members expected to participate in the vote have not yet been determined, and they will be swayed by the presentations of the candidate cities, other bid officials said.

PyeongChang is expected to focus its presentation on two key points: its hosting of the Games will expand winter sports throughout Asia and also foster a peace mood on the Korean Peninsula.

The other two cities will also emphasize their strengths, Korean bid officials said, adding they can't rule out a possibility that each city might issue a last-minute surprise announcement during their presentations.

Each country has kept the contents of their presentations under wraps without even disclosing their full lists of presenters.

Reflecting the significance of the final presentations, Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer will address the delegates during the presentations.

"It's true that four years ago, PyeongChang was little-known.

But I felt so bad when PyeongChang lost the race," said An Jung-hyun, a freelance television announcer who is one of Korea's eight presenters. She also served as a presenter during the 2003 race in which PyeongChang lost to Canada's Vancouver in the final round by three votes.

"This time, we've been preparing for the presentation with our whole hearts so we'll surely win," she said.

Korea prepared a video documentary after consulting renowned film director Lee Chang-dong and other experts both at home and abroad. U.S. film director and producer Steven Spielberg, meanwhile, was involved in a Russian video program produced in Hollywood.

The presentations are followed by a 15-minute-long question and answer sessions.

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