9. Beijing wins 2022 Winter Olympics bid
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announces Beijing as the city to host the the 2022 Winter Olympics during the 128th International Olympic Committee Session, in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur, July 31. Photo: Reuters
Beijing became the only city in the world to stage both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
With co-host city Zhangjiakou in neighboring Hebei province, Beijing eclipsed Almaty, Kazakhstan by 44-40 in a close-fought vote.
Beijing will host the Games in three venue clusters - downtown Beijing for ice sports, and northwest Yanqing county and Zhangjiakou for skiing events. A high-speed railway will cut travel time from Beijing to Zhangjiakou to 50 minutes.