Earlier today, the International Olympic Committee awarded PyeongChang, South Korea with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
PyeongChang was the prohibitive favorite, not only because it has been through this bidding rodeo unsuccessfully twice before (2010 & 2014 games), but because they took the unique step of moving ahead with venues well before they were even declared winners.
At a time where the world economy isn't exactly stable, its commitment to the Olympic Games is astounding.
The venues that are already built combined with those being built is nothing that its rivals Annecy, France and Munich, Germany, could have offered the IOC, which has seen its share of last minute venue preparations in recent games.
Get this: PyeongChang has already completed building seven of the 13 required competition venues, including the ski jumping slopes. Many Olympic venues have seen their seats empty for years after the games, but before? Is almost seven years early a good bet for South Korea?