A snowboarder sails through the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) By Amy Sancetta
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- The three cities vying for the 2018 Winter Olympics are making their final pitches in a contest between a third-time Asian bid from South Korea and two European challengers.
The German bid from Munich was due to make the first presentation to the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday, followed by Annecy, France, and Pyeongchang, South Korea.
After close defeats for the 2010 and 2014 Games, Pyeongchang is the early favorite. Munich, hoping to become the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics, is the main challenger.
Each had 45 minutes to present its case, followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers.
The IOC will vote by secret ballot, with the winner expected to be announced after 11 a.m. EDT.
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