TORINO 2006: The Olympic Villages Open As The Games Approach
The three Olympic Villages that will house the delegations of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) during their stay at the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, today opened their doors to the athletes that will compete at the upcoming Winter Games. The Olympic Villages of Turin, Sestriere and Bardonecchia will operate from today until 28 February and have a combined capacity of around 4,050 in order to accommodate the different delegations to the Turin Games.
The Turin Olympic Village
The Turin Olympic Village is located next to the Lingotto, where the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) are situated. The Village has regenerated the surrounding area and has at its heart the restored historic building of the Mercati Generali (General Markets), which was built in 1934. Covering 100,000 square metres, the Village will cater to up to 2,500 people providing gyms, shops, restaurants and a medical centre. The Village is also expected to reduce energy consumption and pollutants emitted by 60%, thanks to the use of photovoltaic cells and panels, a district heating network and air solar systems for ventilation. After the Games, the Village will become the property of the City, with a part being used for housing and the rest for research and high-tech services.
The Sestriere Olympic Village
Located 2,000 metres above sea level, the Sestriere Olympic Village will accommodate about 1,850 people during both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Village is comprised of three structures: two existing towers and a new building called “Mariani”. The Village is fully autonomous and will provide all the athletes with the services that they need during the Games. The Village covers an area of 75,000 square metres and, once the Games are over, the two towers will return to their original functions, while the “Mariani” will be converted for residential use.
The Bardonecchia Olympic Village
Accommodating mostly the athletes that will be competing in Bardonecchia, Sauze D’Oulx and Cesana Pariol, the Bardonecchia Olympic Village has a capacity of 700 beds. Providing numerous services for the athletes, including a swimming pool, the Village has allowed an historical Alpine structure to be returned to its former glory. After the Olympic Games, the city will have at its disposable a structure capable of satisfying its need for accommodation and public services.
State Of The Art
Commenting on the Olympic Village of Turin, during his last visit to the Olympic city, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, commented, “It is state of the art. I believe, the athletes will be absolutely thrilled by the Olympic Games here in Turin.” The President will also reside during the course of the Games at the Olympic Village in Turin.
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 2,600 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
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