Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games

The decision to propose Turin as a candidate for the Olympic Winter Games was made at the end of 1997. On the 18th of March, in the Turin Council meeting hall, the local institutions, the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Italian members of the IOC officially presented the Olympic challenge for Turin 2006.The other candidate cities were: Sion (Switzerland), Klagenfurt (Austria), Helsinki (Finland), Zakopane (Poland), Poprad Tatry (Slovak Republic).

On the 31st of August 1998 the IOC received the candidature dossier.
From the 15th to the 17th of October 1998, the IOC Evaluation Commission was in Turin to gain further knowledge of the Italian candidature. On the 19th of June 1999, in Seoul, with 53 votes in favour, the plenary assembly of the IOC chose Turin as the host for the 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games.The candidacy of Turin to host the Winter Olympics was more than just a sporting challenge.
It was the willingness of the area to work together to build a future and search for a new identity, which was confirmed by the consensus obtained not only from all the major political and corporate entities but also the citizens, who expressed their support in two surveys. The City, the Province, and the Region promoted and supported the candidacy of Turin to host the Games, which was organised by the Bid Committee composed of Giorgetto Giugiaro, President; Evelina Christillin, Executive President; Tiziana Nasi, President of the Paralympic Games.

Torino 2006 by numbers

• 17 days of events: from the 10th to the 26th of February 2006.
• 15 sports: biathlon, bobsleigh, nordicombined, curling,freestyle skiing, icehockey, figure skating,        speed skating, ski-jumping, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, short-track speed skating, skeleton,   luge, snowboard.
• 3 Olympic Villages: Torino, Bardonecchia and Sestriere.
• 7 competition sites: Bardonecchia, Pinerolo, Pragelato,Cesana, Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere,Torino,           joined by 2 training centres at:Claviere and Torre Pellice.
• 78 medals.
• 80 National Olympic Committees.
• 2.550 athletes.
• 1.400 officials.
• 2.300 representatives of the IOC, NOC’s, IF’s.
• 650 judges and referees.
• 9.600 journalists and media operators.
• 6.000 guests of sponsors.