2006 Winter Olympics

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XX Olympic Winter Games
Host cityTurin, Italy
MottoPassion Lives Here
(Italian: La passione vive qui)
Nations80
Athletes2,629
Events84 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
Opening10 February
Closing26 February
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumStadio Olimpico Grande Torino
Winter
Salt Lake 2002 Vancouver 2010
Summer
Athens 2004 Beijing 2008

The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were held in Turin, Italy from 10 to 26 February 2006. This was the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games. The first time was the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Italy also had the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

The President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, opened the ceremony.[1] Stefania Belmondo was the torch-bearer.[1]

1,548 men and 960 women were in the Olympics. There were 84 events.[2] The official motto of the XX Olympic Winter Games was "Passion lives here".[3]

Medals won by each nation[change | change source]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany 11 12 6 29
2  United States 9 9 7 25
3  Austria 9 7 7 23
4  Russia 8 6 8 22
5  Canada 7 10 7 24
6  Sweden 7 2 5 14
7  South Korea 6 3 2 11
8   Switzerland 5 4 5 14
9  Italy 5 0 6 11
10  France 3 2 4 9
 Netherlands 3 2 4 9
12  Estonia 3 0 0 3
13  Norway 2 8 9 19
14  China 2 4 5 11
15  Czech Republic 1 2 1 4
16  Croatia 1 2 0 3
17  Australia 1 0 1 2
18  Japan 1 0 0 1
19  Finland 0 6 3 9
20  Poland 0 1 1 2
21  Belarus 0 1 0 1
 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
 Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
25  Ukraine 0 0 2 2
26  Latvia 0 0 1 1
Total 84 84 84 252

Venues[change | change source]

Olympic areas[change | change source]

Olympic events were mainly held in Turin. Other events such as skiing and snowboarding had to be held in mountain areas.

Turin[change | change source]

Many venues were located in the Olympic District in central Turin, including:

Other locations[change | change source]

Olympic villages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Torino 2006: Flame in the Tallest Cauldron". International Olympic Committee. February 11, 2006. Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  2. "Turin 2006—XXth Olympic Winter Games". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  3. "Italian Passion in the Motto of Torino 2006" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2007.