TORINO 2006: Cortina D'Ampezzo Welcomes The Olympic Torch Relay
On day 48 of the Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic flame has reached the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Tomorrow, the Olympic flame will continue its journey by travelling to the town of Merano. The XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 are 15 days away.
50 Years On
Arriving in Cortina d’Ampezzo exactly 50 years to the day that the 1956 Olympic Winter Games began in this Italian ski resort, today’s Olympic Torch Relay was dedicated to the athletes and various disciplines included in the Winter Games. The torch has travelled by bobsleigh; on skis from a ski jump; by a skater on Lake Misurina, the only natural mirror of ice ever used in Olympic competition; and by horseback, by Cortina’s traditional Rangers during the Relay today. The Olympic flame will be kept burning overnight in a replica of the cauldron that was used at the 1956 Games.
Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay
The Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay began on 8 December 2005 in Rome and will tour the length and breadth of Italy for 64 days. It will cover a total distance of 11,300 km, visiting 140 cities, 107 provinces and all of Italy’s regions, as well as the neighbouring National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of San Marino, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and France. There will be 10,001 torchbearers, who will carry the flame to Turin, where it will arrive on 10 February 2006.
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956
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