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BAVARIA A Historic Bid Story by Allyson Angle


Munich in the running to host 2018 Winter Olympics


German city is successful with its bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic games, it will be the fi rst city to ever host both a summer and winter games. Munich hosted


the summer games in 1972. T e International Olympic Committee, based in Lausanne,


Switzerland, will make its decision on July 6, 2011, between three candidate cities: Annecy, France; Pyeongchang, Korea; and Munich, Germany. Munich native Arno Hartung, deputy general manager of


head communication for München OlympiaPark,


was studying law in Munich during the 1972 games. He said he was fortunate to attend a handful of the events — his favorites being tennis and track and fi eld. Hartung started working at OlympiaPark in 1975. Now 62,


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Munich has a chance to gain a distinction no other city has ever achieved. If the


Hartung said he wants to still be working during the 2018 games if Munich wins the bid. “It would be a great circle for me to work at the park during


the games,” Hartung said. Hartung said it would be an understatement to say there


have been big changes since the 1972 games. “In 1972, none of the sponsors existed,” Hartung said. “It’s


a big evolution. T ere’s more emphasis on the program and overall package.” T e 1972 Olympics was mostly a successful


time in


Munich, said Hartung, but what the city did aſt er the fl ame was extinguished makes OlympiaPark stand out from the two other candidate cities. Hartung said the park has some of the “best-used facilities”


of any Olympic villages in the world. In addition to being a free leisure park with 8-10 million people using it annually, OlympiaPark also has more than 4 million paying customers each year. T e park is accustomed to hosting big events for a large


variety of sports. Hartung said they “put it to good use” and host more than 300 events each year varying from small,


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