2006 Winter Olympics facts for kids

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Torino 2006 Jeremy Teela standing
Jeremy Teela in the biathlon

The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were held in Turin, Italy from 10 to 26 February 2006. This was the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games. The first time was the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Italy also had the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

The President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, opened the ceremony. Stefania Belmondo was the torch-bearer.

1,548 men and 960 women were in the Olympics. There were 84 events. The official motto of the XX Olympic Winter Games was "Passion lives here".

Medals won by each nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany 11 12 6 29
2  United States 9 9 7 25
3  Austria 9 7 7 23
4  Russia 8 6 8 22
5  Canada 7 10 7 24
6  Sweden 7 2 5 14
7  South Korea 6 3 2 11
8  Switzerland 5 4 5 14
9  Italy 5 0 6 11
10  France 3 2 4 9
 Netherlands 3 2 4 9
12  Estonia 3 0 0 3
13  Norway 2 8 9 19
14  China 2 4 5 11
15  Czech Republic 1 2 1 4
16  Croatia 1 2 0 3
17  Australia 1 0 1 2
18  Japan 1 0 0 1
19  Finland 0 6 3 9
20  Poland 0 1 1 2
21  Belarus 0 1 0 1
 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
 Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
25  Ukraine 0 0 2 2
26  Latvia 0 0 1 1
Total 84 84 84 252

Venues

Mole Torino
Mole Antonelliana in Turin.

Olympic areas

Olympic events were mainly held in Turin. Other events such as skiing and snowboarding had to be held in mountain areas.

Turin

Many venues were located in the Olympic District in central Turin, including:

  • Oval Lingotto – Speed skating
  • Torino Esposizioni – Ice hockey
  • Palasport Olimpico – Ice hockey (final)
  • Stadio Olimpico – Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Palavela – Figure skating, short-track speed skating
  • Olympic Village

Other locations

  • Bardonecchia – Snowboarding
  • Cesana Pariol – Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton
  • Cesana San Sicario – Biathlon
  • Pinerolo – Curling
  • Pragelato – Nordic combined (ski jumping), Ski jumping
  • Pragelato Plan – Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing)
  • San Sicario Fraiteve – Alpine skiing (women's combined (downhill), downhill, and super-g)
  • Sauze d'Oulx – Freestyle skiing
  • Sestriere Borgata – Alpine skiing (men's combined (downhill), downhill, super-g)
  • Sestriere Colle – Alpine skiing (combined (slalom), giant slalom, slalom)

Olympic villages

  • Bardonecchia
  • Sestriere
  • Turin

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