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11 Feb 2006
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TORINO 2006: flame in the tallest cauldron

After arriving in the Host City of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, on Thursday, the Olympic flame yesterday completed its 64-day journey across Italy to light the Olympic cauldron at the Stadio Olimpico, as the Turin Games were officially opened by the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. The final relay runner was Stefania Belmondo, who had the honour of lighting the cauldron, which, as the tallest cauldron in the history of the Olympic Games, will be visible all across Turin.
Italian Heroes
The Olympic flame was carried into the Stadio Olimpico by three-time Olympic gold medallist Alberto Tomba. He then passed the flame onto Italy’s gold-medal-winning  men’s 4x10km cross country relay team from Lillehammer: Silvio Fauner, Marco Albarello, Maurilio de Zolt and Giorgio Vanzetta. The four skiers then ran part of the way around the stadium before passing the torch to Piero Gros, Italian Alpine skiing gold medallist from 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria. Continuing around the stadium, Gros passed the torch to Deborah Compagnoni, who won gold for Italy in three consecutive Olympic Winter Games from 1992 to 1998 in Alpine skiing As the penultimate relay runner, Compagnoni gave the torch to Italian Nordic skiing legend, Stefania Belmondo, who had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron.
Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay
The Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay began on 8 December 2005 in Rome and toured the length and breadth of Italy for 64 days. It covered a total distance of 11,300km, 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 were 10,001 torchbearers who carried the flame to Turin, where it arrived today.

The Olympic Winter Games will run from 10 to 26 February 2006 in Turin. 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.


Learn more on Turin 2006

General and historical information on past torch relays

The Olympic flame and torch relay

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