Only three cities remain in the running to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee trimmed the field Thursday ahead of the final selection in July of next year.
Salzburg, Austria; Pyeongchang, South Korea; and Sochi, Russia; were selected as finalists by the International Olympic Committee's 15-member executive board. But the full IOC assembly of more than 100 members will make the final selection at its session in Guatemala City on July 4, 2007.
Eliminated from the race were Almaty, Kazakhstan; Borjomi, Georgia; Jaca, Spain; and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Salzburg and Pyeongchang were finalists in the vote for the 2010 Olympics, which were awarded to Vancouver, British Columbia. The little-known Korean bid finished a surprising second, and the Austrian city third.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.