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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/2014shortlist.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B></B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) The race for the 2014 Olympics is now down to three cities: PyeongChang, Salzburg and Sochi. Those three were picked from the field of seven applicant cities. Falling by the wayside are Almaty, Borjomi, Jaca and Sofia <BR><BR>The decision of the IOC Executive Board was announced at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, by President Jacques Rogge.<BR><BR>PyeongChang, Salzburg and Sochi were among the bidders for the 2010 Olympics. Sochi was eliminated in the first cut, but Salzburg and PyeongChang went on to the final round, won by Vancouver. <BR><BR>With a North American host for 2010, the chances seem to be wide open for either an Asian or European city, although Asia's last turn came in 1998 with Nagano.<BR><BR>The Power Index rating of Around the Rings issued this week prior to the short list announcement puts Salzburg in first place, followed by PyeongChang and Sochi. Sofia was fourth, with Jaca and Almaty tied for fifth place and Borjomi in sixth position. <BR><BR>The three candidate cities for 2014 will now have until January to prepare full-length bids for the Games. In August a non-refundable $500,000 deposit is due the IOC from each candidate. Each city paid $150,000 last year to enter the race. <BR><BR>The IOC will select a 2014 host city at its session in Guatemala in July 2007. <BR><BR><B>Still to Come: Reaction from the 2014 cities, winners and losers, with Around the Rings on-the-scene coverage from Lausanne.</B><BR>