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South Korea celebrates after winning bid to host 2018 Winter Olympics

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South Korea has been named the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics following a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Durban, South Africa, according to Reuters. 

The news outlet reports that crowds gathered at the base of a newly-constructed ski jump at the Alpensia resort to await the committee's decision. Traditional Korean folk songs were performed, and crowds of soldiers and monks were in attendance to support the bid. South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was enthusiastic about the IOC's decision. 

"Pyeongchang 2018 is a national priority of the Korean government and has been so for the last 10 years. I guarantee you the full and unconditional support of the Korean government," said Myung-bak as quoted by The Associated Press. "We worked hard, we'll make you proud." 

Pyeonchang's winning bid featured the slogan "New Horizons." According to Reuters, the only other Asian country to host a Winter Olympics is Japan, which held the games in Sapporo in 1972 and in Nagano in 1998. The South Korean campaign defeated Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France. 

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