XXth Olympic Winter Games
A record 2,508 athletes from 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed at the Turin Winter Games, and 26 NOCs took home medals, another record. Austrians dominated Alpine skiing, gaining 14 of the 30 medals awarded. South Korea displayed equal success in short-track speed skating (gaining 10 medals of the 24 awarded). On the women’s side, Sun-Yu Jin earned three gold medals, and for the men Hyun-Soo Ahn won three golds and one bronze. The other triple-gold winner was Michael Greis in biathlon. Cindy Klassen earned medals in five of the six women’s speed skating events. Another speed skater, Claudia Peschstein, won a gold and a silver to become the first athlete in her sport to earn nine career medals. With his victory in the Super G, Kjetil Andre Aamodt became the first Alpine skier to earn four medals in the same event and the first to win four gold medals in total. At the age of 39, skeleton specialist Duff Gibson became the oldest athlete in the history of the Olympic Winter Games to win a gold medal in an individual event. Andre Lange drove to victory in the two-man bobsleigh and then defended his Olympic championship in the four-man event. During the cross-country skiing team sprint, Sara Renner of Canada broke one of her poles. Norwegian head coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen, seeing her struggle, gave her one of his (albeit 12 cm too long). This allowed Renner to help her team win silver medals, and dropped Norway out of the medals. Bjørnar Håkensmoen’s display of fair play clearly demonstrates true sportsmanship.
80 National Olympic Committees (Nations)
2,508 athletes (960 women, 1,548 men)
2,688 journalists, agencies and photographers and 6,720 radio and TV
Discover the magic of the Olympic village:
10 February 2006, Opening Ceremony of the XXth Olympic Winter Games. Stefania Belmondo prepares to light the Olympic cauldron.
Official opening of the Games by: The President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azaglio CIAMPI
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Stefania BELMONDO (Cross country Skiing)
Olympic Oath by: Giorgio ROCCA (Alpine Skiing)
Official Oath by: Fabio BIANCHETTI (Skating)
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Uschi Disl became the first biathletes to earn nine career Olympic medals. Bjoerndalen did it by gaining silver medals in the 20-kilometre race and the pursuit and a bronze medal at 15 kilometres. Disl, in the last biathlon event of the Games, earned a bronze at 12.5 kilometres.
Duff Gibson of Calgary, Canada, switched from bobsleigh to skeleton in 1998 and qualified for the Canadian team in 2002, finishing tenth in Salt Lake City. At the Turin Games he beat everyone, and became the oldest athlete in the history of the Winter Games to win a gold medal in an individual event. On the day he won, he was 39 years and 150 days’ old.
Opening date: 10 February 2006
Closing date: 26 February 2006
Country of the host city: Italy (ITA)
Helsinki (FIN), Klagenfurt (AUT), Poprad-Tatry (SVK), Sion (SUI), Zakopane (POL)
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Discover the election results for this edition of the Olympic Games.