Perhaps your calendar stretches out a bit. If so, plan on visiting Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee, meeting in Durban, South Africa, finally took away the bridesmaid label for Pyeongchang and made them a bride after a decade of trying to get the bid and losing out twice.
The persistent Korean resort, which narrowly lost bids for the 2010 and 2014 Games, won the bid in a landslide this timeover European contenders Munich, that was pushing for a return to the Winter Olympics' European roots, and Annecy, France, offering up an "authentic, environmentally friendly experience."
Pyeonchang is located just 180 kilometers (11 miles) from Seoul in a mountainous region noted for long, cold winters. South Korea will be just the second country in Asia to host the Games. Sapporo hosted the Olympics in 1972 and Nagano in 1998. Seoul successfully hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1988.
Kim Jin-Sun, former governor of Gangwon Province, where Pyeonchang is located, told delegates "we have kept our commitment to the Olympic family for over 10 years. We have been preparing for quite a while. We are ready. We worked hard and we will make you proud."
There was a much lighter moment when Park Yong-sung, Korean Olympic Committee chair congratulated IOC delegate Prince Albert II of Monaco on his wedding the previous weekend. "I'm sorry you are spending your honeymoon listening to a Pyeonchang presentation for the third time. I promise to make it up to in Pyeonchang in 2018."