Munich 2018 Winter Games bid leaders were delighted with their final presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The other two bidding cities, France's Annecy and South Korea's Pyeongchang, will address the IOC later in the day.
Bidding to become the only venue to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics, the German city was the first of three candidates to present their concept to 88 IOC members on Wednesday. "I think it went very well and we pulled off a very good presentation", IOC member Thomas Bach, who is part of the Munich bid team, told Reuters.
"We strongly believe Munich 2018 offers a rare opportunity to elevate the brand of the Olympic Winter Games", said bid team member and BMW Head of Sales and Marketing Ian Robertson, whose Munich-based company is backing the city's proposal.
"We are very relieved", Munich bid chief and two-time Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt told Reuters. "It was a real school exam but I think we did well. Now we have to improve for Durban, though it is hard to think what we can improve until then".
The presentations are part of the IOC's efforts to inform voting members on the bids, given they are not allowed to travel to candidate cities following the 2002 Salt Lake City bribes-for-votes scandal. Teams are allocated 45 minutes to present their bids with a further 45 minutes of questioning, in which Munich was asked about the deadly attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Games in the city, medical facilities and environmental plans.
IOC members said the presentations could not really turn a city into a favourite for the vote but a bad show could damage a bid's chances. "Munich had a very good presentation and answered the questions pretty well", IOC Executive Board member Gerhard Heiberg of Norway told Reuters.
Munich, together with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Sliding Centre at Lake Königssee, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Munich is bidding with Annecy and PyeongChang, for the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The election of the host city will take place on 6th July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.