- 14 Jan 2005
- Olympic News
Turin 2006: Short Track Inaugurates The Palavela
The European Short Track Championships begin today, 14 January 2005, in Turin, Italy. This event is the inaugural event to be held at the Palavela, which has recently been restyled and restructured on the basis of a project developed by Gai Aulenti and Arnaldo De Bernardi. It is also the first Sport Event in the “Torino Ice 2005” programme that is being used to test the new winter sports installations ahead of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Turin 2006.
The European Short Track Championships will present a major test for the new facilities of the Palavela, as well as help the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC) identify any possible problems ahead of next year’s Games. The event will see around 130 athletes from 24 countries competing for the title of European Champion. The home nation’s hopes will rest on the shoulders of athletes like Fabio Carta, Nicola Rodigari, Nicola Franceschini and Marta Capurso, while a plethora of other star names will be doing their best to stop the Italians winning gold.
The Palavela was originally constructed for the Italia ’61 Exhibition and quickly became a landmark in the city. The principal building has a diameter of 150 metres and its sail-shaped frame rests on only three points. Under the sails, the roof reaches up 29 metres and the sports field constructed below will host both short track and figure skating at the Turin Games. The field measures 60 by 30 metres and will have a capacity of around 8,200 spectators. The field of play is covered by one centimetre of ice that is created by kilometres of tubing below the surface of the rink that is used to create the ice and then the removal of any supplementary ice through shaving.
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 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
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