Congratulations to Sochi which was awarded the 2014 Winter Olympics after a nailbiting vote last night.
Sochi secured 51 votes at a meeting of International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates in Guatemala, beating its South Korean rival by just four votes.
As well as the facilities on offer, Vladimir Putin’s contribution was thought by many to be vital to the victory, after addressing the Olympic delegates in three languages – English, French and Spanish. According to the BBC:
It is believed to be the first time the Russian leader has been heard speaking English at a public ceremony.
I suspect that the people of Sochi are especially pleased by their victory. As well as all the business possibilities opened up by their victory, the mayor of Sochi has declared today a public holiday!
You can visit the official website of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, or the unofficial Sochi Winter Olympics Blog to discover more. At the moment, I’d recommend visiting the blog, as the official site seems to have collapsed under the strain.