WAITING FOR... 2026: OUR OLYMPIC YEAR
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.