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Stockholm submits bid to host 2022 Winter Olympics

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Stockholm, host of the 1912 Summer Olympics, is bidding for the 2022 Winter Games.

The Swedish Olympic Committee said it submitted its bid to the International Olympic Committee on Monday before the Thursday deadline.

''We could give the world an exciting and original project that would be both spectacular and in brings winter sports into the city in a unique way,'' the committee said in a statement.

Stockholm is planning an urban Olympics, with most of the events in the capital. Only the four Alpine skiing disciplines - downhill skiing, giant slalom, super G and combined - would be held in the northern ski resort of Are, about 400 miles north of Stockholm.

Stockholm joins another Scandinavian capital - Oslo, Norway - in the 2022 race. Other declared candidates are Lviv, Ukraine; Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and a joint bid from Krakow, Poland, and Jasna, Slovakia.

On Sunday, voters in Germany rejected plans for Munich to bid for the 2022 games.

A review last month concluded that existing venues in Sweden have enough capacity to accommodate most of the events. One of the biggest investments would be to boost the height of an existing skiing slope in Stockholm to meet criteria to host the slalom.

The committee will continue to investigate financial and technical matters and turn in its final application to the IOC on March 14.

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