POSTED: Thursday October 7th 2010

Jean-Claude Killy congrats the Annecy 2018

Killy is also Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014

Earlier today, Thursday 7th October, Triple Olympic Champion and French IOC member Jean-Claude Killy shared a moment with the Annecy 2018 Olympic bid team, alongside Edgar Grospiron, Olympic Champion and CEO, the French Olympic legend was greeted by sports team ambassadors Perrine Pelen, Florence Masnada and Jean-Pierre Vidal, together with Christian Monteil, President of the Haute-Savoie General Council and Chairman of the Annecy 2018 Supervisory Board, and Jean-Luc Rigaut, Co-Chairman and Mayor of Annecy.

At a lunch held with the bid committee, Jean-Claude Killy commented on the work carried out over the past weeks, following the IOC's announcement of the Candidate Cities on 22nd June. He congratulated the entire Annecy 2018 team and expressed his encouragements for the coming months, underlined that "the work you have achieved is nothing short of spectacular. You can be proud of the project you have now established. This project, with its new setup, is a winner, to be sure; that doesn't mean it's a foregone conclusion, but you have everything it takes to lead you to victory (...). Our mountains provide a setting second to none in its beauty, and the concept you are now submitting makes for an ultra-compact Olympic structure, based on 2 clusters, Annecy and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, in an exceptional natural setting in the very heart of the mountains, focussing on the needs of the athletes and the Olympic family as a whole”.

“Today, you have moved on to the next level. You are the bearers of the French bid, the project of an entire nation, to organise the Winter Games, the world's finest sporting event and, especially, the most complex event to organise. You can and you must, therefore, be the proud and worthy bearers of this project (...). You have 9 months left to convince the IOC and the Olympic family; I encourage you to pursue your efforts, as a team, just as you have so successfully done until now! What you have put into your bid’s project is the finest there is, second to none nationwide, second to none worldwide!"

Key dates:
- 11/01/11: submission of Bid books and guarantees to the IOC, followed by visits from the Evaluation Commission.
- 06/07/11: announcement in Durban of the city chosen to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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