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17 Jul 2006
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The Torino 2006 olympic experience comes to a close

The official debriefing of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games – The Torino 2006 Olympic Experience - came to a close on Friday in Vancouver, Canada. The five-day event hosted by the IOC, which ran from 10 to 14 July, brought together representatives of the current Olympic Games Organising Committees (OCOGs) of Vancouver 2010, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, as well as the three Candidate Cities for 2014 (Sochi, Salzburg and PyeongChang) and many other members of the Olympic family to hear from the Torino 2006 Organising Committee about its experience of hosting the XX Olympic Winter Games earlier this year. The event also saw the participation of all of the Chairmen of the IOC’s current Coordination Commissions.
Five Key Elements
The five-day programme was split into three parts: examining the Turin Olympic “product”, the managerial challenges experienced during the Torino 2006 journey and the experience of the different stakeholders, such as athletes, spectators, partners and the media, during the Games. Five key messages came out of the week-long discussions: “Vision must be at the centre of everything you do”, “people are at the heart of the Games”, “leadership and unity are primordial”, “you can never test enough” and “without a positive legacy, good operations don’t mean much”.
Important Legacy
Speaking about the quality of the Turin debrief and the success of Torino 2006, Jean-Claude Killy said, “In Turin this February, we saw magnificent Olympic Winter Games, full of passion and the Olympic spirit, that have left an important legacy to the city of Turin and to the Piedmont region in general. These magnificent Games have now widened that legacy to the world, through the quality of the presentations and information exchange that we have seen this week in Vancouver. Cities across the globe from Beijing to Vancouver and London will now be able to learn form Turin’s example and move more surely towards hosting their own top quality Olympic Games.”
Highest Quality
The Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Vancouver 2010, René Fasel, commented on the meetings, “The information that Vancouver 2010 has been able to take away from this event has not only been important in terms of quantity but it has also been of the highest quality.” He continued, “This type of event, organised by the IOC, fits perfectly into the wider scope of the IOC’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) programme. Vancouver 2010 has been using this to its full advantage and I’m sure that we will see the fruits of this detailed knowledge transfer in 2010 when Vancouver hosts its Olympic Winter Games.”
Important Element
Talking about the IOC’s role in the transfer of knowledge between OCOGs, Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Executive Director for the Olympic Games, said, “The IOC has been delighted to facilitate this transfer of knowledge and experience from Torino 2006 to the future Olympic Games organisers. This debrief is an important element of the IOC’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) programme, which aims to provide future host cities with the information that they need to succeed.”

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