Elation in Pyeongchang over IOC announcement

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- South Koreans are joyful after Pyeongchang finally won the right to host a Winter Olympics.

Locals and supporters in this remote alpine town jumped up and down in excitement and cried Thursday in front of a giant television screen after watching International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge announce Pyeongchang will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Pyeongchang was narrowly defeated by Vancouver and Russia's Sochi in its two previous attempts to host an Olympics. The town of 47,000 lies near South Korea's east coast and its province shares the tense border with North Korea.

A large crowd formed below a giant ski jump tower in support of the bid against Germany's Munich and France's Annecy.