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Third time lucky for Pyeongchang?


pyeongchangWith the race for the 2018 winter Games now officially underway, and with the surprise choice of Rio de Janeiro for 2016 fresh in the mind, bid cities will be asking themselves whether paying your Olympic dues is the key factor in getting the Games.

If so, Pyeongchang will have the advantage in the race with Munich and France’s Annecy, with a decision set for 2011.

The Korean city is bidding for the third straight time after narrowly losing out to Vancouver and then to Russia’s Sochi for the 2010 and 2014 Games respectively. Both times they failed at the last round of voting. Rio had also bid for the 2004 and the 2012 Games, each time improving their candidacy.

So does it help to have a couple of failed bids under your belt if you want to host the Olympics?