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XXV Olympic Winter Games
2026 Winter Olympics logo
Emblem of the 2026 Winter Olympics
Host city Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Motto Sognando insieme (English: Dreaming together)
Events 116 in 8 sports
Opening 6 February 2026
Closing 22 February 2026
Stadium San Siro (Opening ceremony)
Verona Arena (Closing ceremony)
Beijing 2022 TBD 2030
Paris 2024 Los Angeles 2028

The 2026 Winter Olympics (Italian: 2026 Olimpiadi invernali), officially the XXV Olympic Winter Games (Italian: XXV Giochi olimpici invernali) and also known as Milano-Cortina 2026, is an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 6 to 22 February 2026 in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo. The joint bid from the two cities beat another joint bid from Swedish cities StockholmÅre by 47–34 votes at the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 24 June 2019.

This will be the fourth Olympic Games hosted in Italy, which previously hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo and the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. It will be the first Olympic Games officially featuring multiple host cities and will be the first Winter Olympics since Sarajevo 1984 where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held in different venues. Events will also take place in seven other north-northeastern Italian cities. The games will mark the 20th anniversary of the Winter Olympics in Turin and the 70th anniversary of the Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. It will follow the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and precede the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

Bidding process

Host city selection

Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo were elected as the host cities on 24 June 2019 at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland. The three Italian IOC members, Franco Carraro, Ivo Ferriani and Giovanni Malagò, and two Swedish IOC members, Gunilla Lindberg and Stefan Holm, were ineligible to vote as stated in the Olympic Charter.

2026 Winter Olympics bidding results
City Nation Votes
Milan–Cortina d'Ampezzo  Italy 47
Stockholm–Åre  Sweden 34
One abstention

Development and preparations

Speed Skating venue selection

During the bid process, the bidding Committee proposed that the speed skating events could be held at the existing Ice Rink Piné in Baselga di Pinè. However, despite the infrastructure being ready, it required a roof which impact and cost studies indicated would be very expensive, potentially breaking the budget. So instead, the Committee deliberated over three choices: building a temporary or a permanent ice rink in the pavilions of Fiera Milano, options that would require significant structural work, or move the events to the Oval Lingotto in the city of Turin which required no structural changes.The venue was constructed to host the speed skating during the 2006 Winter Olympics and after the games, hosted a variety of events such as exhibitions, fairs and conferences.The venue was also used at 2007 Winter Universiade to host the same sport and also will host the same event in 2025. In April 2023, it was estimated that the temporary ice rink in Fiera Milano would cost nearly €20 million, which would be paid for with private funds. The proposal to use Turin's Oval Lingotto received opposition from Milan-area officials, including Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala and officials from the host regions of Lombardy and Veneto. Fiera Milano was confirmed as the speed skating venue on 19 April 2023.

Ice sliding center venue selection

During the bid process, the bidding Committee proposed to restore the iconic Eugenio Monti olympic track in Cortina, to be relaunched as a federal center also for sledding and skeleton. The minimum cost of restoring the abandoned track was initially estimated at about €14 million, while in the official Milan-Cortina bid dossier the cost indicated was €100 million (similar to Cesana Pariol track costed €110 million for the Turin 2006 olympics). After initially forecasting an expenditure of €40-50 million, the Veneto Region allocated funding up to €85 million to build the new Olympic venues. An annual expenditure of €400,000 was also planned for the management of the facility, which would be open four months a year, to be settled through the establishment of €8 million fund. Due to the rising cost of construction materials, Luca Zaia announced in February 2023 that the restoring cost for the Cortina olympic track would be up to €120 million. Calling for tenders to award the work, no company came forward with a bid by the 31 July 2023 deadline; even after that, no company interested in carrying out the work could be found, both for economic reasons and because of the difficulty to completie all works before the start of the Olympics.

Due to critical issues, costs and prohibitive times for the total renovation of Cortina track, the mayor of Innsbruck, Austria proposed to use the existing Igls olympic sliding center.


The Milan-Cortina 2026 proposal involved many of the competition venues used during the 2013 Winter Universiade (Val di Fiemme), held in the province of Trentino and those infrastructures that were still in use that were also used in the 1956 Winter Olympics also held in Cortina D'Ampezzo. All the ice events with the exception of curling will be held in venues in Milan or their Metropolitan Region.The opening ceremony is scheduled for the San Siro Stadium and the closing is for the Verona Arena as the only event scheduled for Verona.

Milan Cluster

  • Stadio "Giuseppe Meazza", San Siro – Opening ceremony
  • Fiera Milano Rho - Ice hockey secondary venue, Speed skating, IBC and MBC
  • Mediolanum Forum, Assago – Figure skating, Short-track
  • PalaItalia Santa Giulia – Main Ice hockey venue
  • Piazza del Duomo – Medal Plaza and Live Site

Cortina d'Ampezzo Cluster

  • Olimpia delle Tofane Slope – alpine skiing
  • South Tyrol Arena, Antholz – biathlon
  • Pista olimpica "Eugenio Monti" – bobsleigh, luge and skeleton
  • Stadio olimpico del ghiaccio – curling

Valtellina Cluster

  • Pista Stelvio, Bormio – alpine skiing & ski mountaineering.
  • Mottolino/Sitas-Tagliede/Carosello 3000, Livigno – snowboarding, freestyle skiing

Val di Fiemme Cluster

  • Stadio del salto "Giuseppe Dal Ben", Predazzo – ski jumping, Nordic combined
  • Centro del fondo "Fabio Canal", Lago di Tésero – cross-country skiing, Nordic combined


  • Verona Arena – closing ceremonies
San Siro Stadium in Milan and Verona Arena will be venues of opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each discipline.

On 18 June 2021, the International Olympic Committee proposed that ski mountaineering be included as a sport for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The proposal was approved on 20 July.

On 24 June 2022, the IOC announced the final 2026 program. The alpine mixed team parallel event was removed, and the alpine combined event will now feature a couple (one men and a one woman) from each team instead of one as proposed by the FIS. Along with the three ski mountaineering events, five new events have been added to the Olympic program in four sports that were already on the program. In this way, a total of 116 events in eight sports were scheduled.

  • Freestyle skiing: Men's and women's dual moguls.
  • Luge: Women's doubles. There was a reversal of the event from open to a exclusively men's event.
  • Ski jumping: Women's large hill individual
  • Ski mountaineering: Men's and Women's sprint, mixed relay
  • Skeleton: Mixed team

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Juegos Olímpicos de Milán-Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026 para niños

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