The Sochi team, supported by companies including OAO Gazprom and athletes such as former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, trails Austria's Salzburg and South Korea's Pyeongchang in the bidding, according to two companies tracking the bids. Around The Rings' Power Index gives Salzburg a rating of 82 out of a possible 110, ahead of Pyeongchang at 77 and Sochi two points further back.
``Salzburg holds onto a shrinking lead,'' Around The Rings said in a statement on its Web site. ``Pyeongchang and Sochi, meanwhile, dash to the finish, although those bids are failing to gain much ground in a lackluster race.''
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