Garmisch landowners reach deal for Alpine worlds

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — Landowners in Garmisch-Partenkirchen have reached a deal with the local municipality for their land to be used as the finish area of the downhill at the Alpine world championships in February.

Their lawyer, Ludwig Seitz, says the deal allows the land to be used for ski races every winter for the next 23 years but that the agreement does not cover the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Munich is bidding to stage the 2018 games, with Alpine events planned for Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The refusal of landowners to give up their land for the Olympics has been a major stumbling block in Munich's bid.

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