Munich "will not bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after failing to win the support of the local population in a referendum on whether to bid for the Games," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Munich Mayor Christian Ude said the '22 bid "had failed" after all four regions, including the Alpine community of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Munich voted against it after Munich had unsuccessfully pitched for the 2018 Games. Ude said, "I think it was not a problem with a concept but rather a growing criticism of parts of the population with mega sports events." Munich bid hopefuls "needed to win all four elections in the communities where the Games would have been held but instead lost all four of them, some heavily." Results in Garmisch showed 54% voted against the Games "because of environmental, construction and financial concerns." Munich residents voted 52% against the bid while citizens in Traunstein "were even less enthusiastic about it," with close to 60% against (REUTERS, 11/10).
If any country "can surpass Russia's achievement of sending the Olympic torch on a spacewalk," Sochi 2014 Winter Games Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko "would like to see them try," according to R-SPORT. In "what has already become one of the most enduring images" associated with February's Winter Games, two Russian cosmonauts "took an unlit torch into open space on Saturday and photographed themselves holding it up with a glowing Earth hanging majestically behind them." Screen grabs of cosmonaut Oleg Kotov "holding up the red and silver torch were splashed across the front pages of leading media outlets in the hours that followed, with millions following the event live over the Internet." Chernyshenko: "We have shown the entire world what we are capable of very vividly. If anyone can do better, let them try" (R-SPORT, 11/10). The AP reported video streamed by NASA showed Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy "carrying the unlit torch of the Sochi Games, which bobbed weightlessly at the end of a tether in a darkness dotted by stars." The two "gingerly maneuvered to take photos of the torch against the background of the planet, the orb's edge glowing with sunrise" (AP, 11/10).