All About Italy (USA) - - Photo Reportage - Marco Ber­tollini

Last June 24, when IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach — Olympic gold medal­ist in Mon­treal in 1976 — an­nounced that the 2026 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games would be held in Italy, a wave er­rupted through­out the coun­try. Joy mixed with sat­is­fac­tion and pride. Milano Cortina 2026 will mark the third time, af­ter Cortina d’am­pezzo in 1956 and Turin 2006, that the Win­ter Olympic Games will take place in the Bel­paese. The IOC Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion as­sessed the Ital­ian pro­posal as the most re­li­able and cred­i­ble, fa­vor­ing it over the Stock­holm-aare project, which sub­mit­ted their can­di­dacy for the ninth time in vain. Ice hockey and skat­ing com­pe­ti­tions are amongst the sched­uled events in Mi­lan, with the San Siro sta­dium host­ing the Games open­ing cer­e­mony. Cortina d’am­pezzo, on the other hand, will host most of the Alpine ski­ing events.

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