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Opening Ceremony of the IX Paralympic Winter Games

10 Mar 2006
Olympic News

The Torino 2006 IX Paralympic Winter Games will be inaugurated tonight with a live show of great visual impact, which will be seen by millions of spectators in Italy and around the world. IOC President Jacques Rogge will attend the Opening Ceremony.

Uniting all athletes
The Opening Ceremony wants to be, above all, the celebration of this sporting spirit that unites all the athletes, regardless of the type of disability that characterises them. The creative team has chosen to stage a bold show, with a strong identity and autonomy that will amaze and directly involve the spectators, conveying a message of energy and positivity. 

Break down every obstacle
The idea of producing a bold, emphatic Ceremony led to the choice to emphasise (visually, too) the need to break down every obstacle. For this reason, the spaces and set design have been created so as to physically portray the guiding concept of the Ceremony: beyond every limit, beyond every barrier, ensuring that athletes and spectators feel emotionally united within the same show.
Closing Ceremony in Piazza Castello
The Closing Ceremony, scheduled for 19 March 2006 in Piazza Castello in the centre of Turin, will join athletes and spectators in a universal embrace, renewing their appointment for the following edition of the Games.

Watch over 100 hours of action live from the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games on ParalympicSport.TV

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