"We have budget problems in Italy but I think that this is something that everyone has", Italy Undersecretary of State Giancarlo Giorgetti said at an earlier news conference, citing the wealth of the Lombardy and Veneto provinces underwriting the games costs. "The ready, willing and able model we set in place has worked".
"It feels kind of weird historically", said Swedish IOC member and retired Olympic high jump champion Stefan Holm.
Still, a big plus for the Italian bid - uniting Milan, the Alpine ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, and several towns in between - was the IOC's own polling. The region was chosen ahead of a joint bid between Latvia and northern Sweden, which also presented a "regional" bid to host as the International Olympic Committee scrambles for ways to soften recent spiraling costs and political burdens of hosting both the Summer and Winter Games.
Italy's bid was livened by two Olympic champions, downhill skier Sofia Goggia and snowboarder Michela Moioli, doing a dab gesture and talking of their hopes to compete on home snow in nearly seven years' time.
At that point, both the Italian and Swedish cities were still in the running for 2026, and theIOC had ruled out choosing the sites of two Winter Gamesat the same time, as happened with the Summer Games.
Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini hailed the winning bid, saying: "Italy, the future and sport have won". Conversely, the Stockholm-Latvia bid had just 55 percent.
"They are two of the richest provinces in Europe", Giorgetti said.
"I think the International Olympic Committee is interested in letting the dust settle a little bit from 2026, because it's been a very intensive effort". The USOPC already has the Summer Games coming to Los Angeles in 2028.
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The IOC's bidding process is being "reformed significantly", he said. What we have done this afternoon represents perfectly the images of my country.
Stockholm hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Bullock said that should save bid cities considerable money.
Sweden's wait for a first Winter Games goes on.
Lofven is heading a delegation that also includes Crown Princess Victoria, who had a brief walk with Bach on the terrace of the Olympic museum that overlooks Lake Geneva.
"For me it has been a childhood dream for Sweden to host the Games".
"With this project aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020, we have seen how we can also lower the complexity of the Games and how this can be addressed in a better way, and how the use of existing facilities is facilitating sustainability and legacy goals". Vancouver, Canada, was the last North American host, in 2010.