The Torino 2006 Olympic experience
The official debriefing of the Turin Olympic Winter Games
The official debriefing of the Torino 2006 Games is taking place in Vancouver from Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July 2006. Under the direction of the IOC, the five-day event, entitled the “Torino 2006 Olympic Experience” provides a unique opportunity to bring together the organisers of the Games in Turin with those of the Games of Vancouver 2010, as well as of Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the Candidate Cities for 2014 (Sochi, Salzburg and PyeongChang) and many other representatives of the Olympic family.
The event will be attended by three-time Olympic gold medallist and Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Torino 2006 Jean-Claude Killy, as well as by his IOC colleagues Hein Verbruggen, René Fasel, and Denis Oswald, Chairmen of the Coordination Commissions for Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 respectively. The event is being chaired by IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. In addition to staff from Vancouver 2010, the event is being attended by delegates from the other Organising Committees, and also represents a great opportunity for the newly-selected Candidate Cities, as they continue to develop their Candidature Files for the 2014 Winter Games.
For the first time, representatives from various Olympic stakeholder groups have also been invited to participate actively in the programme, in order to share their experiences of the Turin Games with the future organisers, so they can be better understood. This process is an important new element to the “knowledge transfer” process and should enable the Olympic Games “experience” to be continually developed and improved. The stakeholders will include representatives from the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the International Federations, the sponsors, the media, dignitaries, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), spectators, the wider general public and Paralympic stakeholders.
Many of the sessions at the debrief will involve the senior management of the Organising Committee of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC), which will be led by TOROC President Valentino Castellani and Chief Executive Cesare Vaciago. The format of the debrief will be a combination of plenary sessions and side meetings, which will be open to all the participants attending the event.
Focus will be put on the challenges and themes that influence the success of the Games, both Summer and Winter. Rather than taking the classical functional approach, as was done in previous debriefs, whereby transport and accommodation, for example, were studied in isolation, the new approach will instead look at the Games across themes like the vision for the Games, the Olympic system or the experience of the athletes, pulling in all the relevant functional groups that were involved in these specific areas, giving an integrated overview of the challenges of organising the Olympic Games.
The debrief programme is split into three parts. Part one will analyse what was the Turin Olympic “product”: how it was shaped by the vision and values of the organisers; the way it was positioned both locally in Italy and internationally; and what the legacy of the Games is and will be for the city, region and country, as well as for the Olympic Movement. Part two will focus more on the various managerial challenges that were experienced during the Torino 2006 journey, with a strong emphasis on “integration”, covering, among other things, topics such as venuisation, project management and Games operations. Part three analyses the experience of the various Olympic stakeholders in Turin through a client-service approach in order to establish what service levels were delivered to each stakeholder, and the lessons to be learnt by future Games organisers.
The official debrief is part of a larger programme run under the auspices of Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM), a section of the IOC’s Olympic Games Department. The OGKM programme is built upon three principal pillars: services, personal experience and information. The OGKM services available to Olympic Games Organising Committees (OCOGs) include workshops, seminars and a network of experts with Games experience on a range of Olympic topics that the OCOGs are able to call upon throughout their lifecycle. The staff of the OCOGs can gain personal experience of the Games by being part of the Games-time observers’ programme, the official Games debriefing and the secondment programme, which allows staff members from future OCOGs to work on the current edition of the Olympic Games in order to gain first-hand experience of Games operations. Finally, the OCOGs can access even more detailed information through elements like the Official Games Report, technical manuals, knowledge reports, a range of useful documents and publications, and the IOC’s visual transfer of knowledge programme (VTOK), where information on a specific topic is transferred through short films made at previous editions of the Games.