- 25 Jan 2007
- IOC News
TORINO 2006: Winter Universiade Uses Olympic Legacy
From 17 to 27 January 2007, the 23rd edition of the Winter Universiade is taking place in Turin, Italy, which was the host city of the XX Olympic Winter Games in February 2006. As some of the top student athletes in the world compete in this winter event, it also underlines the sporting legacy that the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games have left to the Piedmont region and the City of Turin.
Olympic Venues For Future Olympians?
With 71 medals up for grabs and approximately 2,000 athletes competing at the Winter Universiade, this winter sports event requires some high quality competition venues in order to inspire the athletes to their top performances, and thanks to the work carried out for Torino 2006, that is what this region of Italy can now offer. Using both the city venues from the Games, such as the Palasport Olimpico, the iconic Palavela and the Oval Lingotto, and some of the mountain venues, such as Pragelato, with its ski jump, Bardonnechia and Cesana San Sicario, the student athletes are competing in the ski and blade tracks of the world’s finest winter athletes.
Not Just A Hard Legacy
The legacy of Torino 2006 doesn’t just stop there for these university games, as many of the volunteers and staff members also gained experience of working on major sporting events, either through being a volunteer for the Olympic Winter Games or by being a part of the Torino 2006 Organising Committee’s full-time staff. These experiences from last year mean that Turin and the Piedmont can now call upon a highly experienced and competent work and volunteer force in the organisation of such events, and this base of experience is undoubtedly a plus for the region, its people and, of course, its sport.
The Olympic Winter Games were held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Turin Games comprised seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which were played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and over 900,000 spectators participated in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.