2018 Winter Olympic bid city Annecy, France, which just saw Stage 8 of the 2010 Tour de France pass through the region, isn’t ready to let its future Olympic chances be dashed after the IOC’s recent criticism of their initial plan.
As previously reported, Annecy is among three candidates gunning for the honor including Munich, Germany and Pyeongchang, South Korea. All three candidates successfully advanced to the second phase in the most recent IOC decision, but Annecy was warned to change its venue concept over logistical concerns that said the event sites were too spread apart.
With this feedback in mind, Annecy bid organizers have now decided that all Olympic competitions would take place in Annecy and the Chamonix Mont-Blanc valley, “two sites that are less than an hour away from one another.”
According to the new plans, Annecy would host the skating and curling events, as well as the biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and the Nordic combined in the nearby towns of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand.
Alpine skiing and the ice hockey tournament would be held in Chamonix while the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton would be in the ski resort of La Plagne.
Annecy is making its first Olympic bid but France has staged the Winter Games three times before with Chamonix 1924, Grenoble 1968 and Albertville 1992. The host city finalists must submit their detailed candidacy proposals to the IOC by January 11, 2011. An IOC commission will then visit each city next year before offering a final report assessing the caliber of each bid a month before the deciding vote to be held in Durban, South Africa on July 6, 2011.