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11 Jan 2005
Olympic News

Olympic Construction On Track In Turin And Beijing

With the homologations of the bobsleigh track in Cesana Pariol and the ski jump in Pragelato ahead of the Turin 2006 Sports Events, as well as the recommencement of construction work at the National Stadium in Beijing, the Organising Committees of these forthcoming Olympic Games are looking forward to seeing their venues in use well before their respective Games are due to begin.

The Bird’s Nest Is Back
The Construction of the National Stadium in Beijing, which is often referred to as the “bird’s nest” due to its unique design, started again on 28 December 2004 after a five-month halt in building activity. The building work was halted in July 2004 in order to readjust the financing and construction plans for the Stadium. This was with a view to improving the safety, quality, functionality and cost of venue construction, as well as optimising the construction timetable. The Stadium now needs 22.3% less steel than before but still retains its “bird’s nest” design with its intricate steel lattice exterior. Other adjustments, notably to the roof, will also help to better meet the needs of competitions during Games time.

Turin Sports Events Looking Good
On Saturday 8 January 2005, two of Turin 2006’s main venues received their official homologation from the appropriate International Federations. With the HS140 ski jump in Pragelato now being fully homologated, the 11 and 12 February will see the Nordic combined and ski jumping Sports Events going ahead as planned. The 1,345-metre bob track will also be put to almost instant use with two and four-man bob races, and the skeleton singles World Cup taking place from 20 to 23 January 2005. This will be followed on 5 and 6 February by the men’s and women’s luge World Cup. Add to this the eight other Sports Events that will be taking place in Olympic venues between now and the middle of March 2005, and Turin looks to be in good shape for the Games in 2006.

The Games Go On
The XX Olympic Winter Games will take place in Turin, Italy, from 10 to 26 February 2006. The seven Olympic winter sports will be played out in eight different competition venues, with 82 medals being presented over the course of the 17 days of competition. These Games will be followed two years later by the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008, which will begin on 8 August 2008 and will run until 24 August 2008. Medals will be awarded in the 28 summer Olympic sports with around 10,500 athletes expected to participate in this edition of the Games.

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