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Russia given 2014 Winter Olympics

Celebrations in Sochi

The Russian resort of Sochi has beaten Pyeongchang in South Korea by just four votes to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sochi got 51 votes at a meeting of International Olympic Committee (IOC) after Russian president Vladimir Putin persuaded them it was the best choice.

Lots of people had thought Pyeongchange would be picked as it narrowly missed out on the chance to host the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

A third contender, Salzburg in Austria, was knocked out in an earlier vote.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova supported Sochi's bid for the Games

The presidents of all three countries had attended the IOC meeting to explain why their countries would be the ideal venue for the international event.

It's thought Mr Putin impressed the committee by addressing them in three languages - English, Spanish and French.

As the IOC announced its decision, there was a massive fireworks display in Sochi as hundreds of people gathered in the central square to celebrate.

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