By Duncan Mackay in Sochi
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

June 8 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured) has again declared her unequivocal support for Munich’s bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as the Bid Committee arrived here for the official Debriefing of the Vancouver 2010 Games.

Speaking at a reception at the Federal Chancellery to celebrate Germany’s outstanding performance at the Olympics in Vancouver earlier this year, where they came second in the medals table with 30 medals, including ten gold, Merkel re-emphasised that she is fully backing the bid by Munich to become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

She said: "We will work together to bring the Games to Germany, and will continue to do all we can to support the German application."

Merkel's public hearing will act as a filip to Willy Bogner, the chief executive of Munich 2018, who is here with managing director Bernhard Schwank, to digest the lessons of Vancouver.

Munich's rivals, Annecy and Pyeongchang, are also here.

Bogner said: "After the resounding success of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, there are certainly many lessons we can take from the staff at VANOC.

"I have great admiration for the fantastic atmosphere they created and sustained during the Games - there was a real buzz among the supporters throughout.

"Hopefully we will be able to incorporate some of the best practices VANOC used into our bid concept of the ‘Friendly Games,’ and take it even further, so that we can be sure that Munich 2018 would offer the best fan experience of any Winter Games in history."

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