Thousands of Canadians cheered on Wednesday morning as they heard that the International Olympic Committee has selected Vancouver and Whistler to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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"It's the second Canada Day in a row," said John Furlong, president of the Vancouver-Whistler bid.
"We're going to party all night."
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge announced the winner in Prague, Czech Republic.
Vancouver-Whistler beat Pyeongchang, South Korea, on a second ballot. Salzburg, Austria, was eliminated on the first vote.
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The win is the result of an effort lasting five years and costing $34 million to bring the Games to Vancouver and Whistler.
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Thousands of Canadians gathered at GM Place in Vancouver and in Whistler exploded into jubilation with the announcement.
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The final result was very close.
Canadian IOC member Paul Henderson, who couldn't vote because he represents a bid country, told the CBC that Pyeongchang had a large lead on the first ballot, but most of Salzburg's support went to Canada's bid on the second ballot.
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"It was as the Olympics of today. It was a photo finish," said Prime Minister Jean Chrtien.
But in a strange twist, some IOC members didn't vote at all. All members had an electronic voting device in front of them, but a handful didn't use theirs for some reason.
Canadian IOC member Dick Pound says no one knows for sure why they decided to abstain, but in such a close race, their votes could have sent the 2010 Winter Olympics to South Korea.