TURIN, ITALY, 12 January 2006—The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin, Italy 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 one million spectators are expected
to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
Bardonecchia, Pinerolo, Pragelato, Cesana-Pariol, Cesana-San
Sicario, Sauze d'Oulx, Sestriere, Torino, joined by 2 training
centres at: Claviere and Torre Pellice are the eight competition sites.
Salt Lake City: Women's 5000m: Clara Hughes (Getty
Photo courtesy of Torino 2006
Winter Olympic sports include Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling,
Ice Hockey, Luge, Skating and Skiing. Eighty-four medals
will be given over a period of 17 days.
Entertainment: 2006 Winter Olympics Concerts.
Piazza Castello will be the Medals Plaza of the Olympic Winter Games
and, aside from the award ceremonies of many of the competing athletes,
every night it will host a show with stars of the international music
scene and emerging artists in Piemonte. From 11 to 25 February on the
stage created between Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama Andrea Bocelli will
kick off the festival, followed the next day by American Kelly Clarkson,
on 13 February by Ennio Morricone and on 14 February by Gianni Morandi. On
15 February, it will be over to Duran Duran, followed on 16 February by
Jamiroquai and on 17 February by Anastacia. After an Italian music
interlude with Paolo Conte (18 February), on 19 February it will be the
turn of Whitney Houston, on 20 February of Nek, on 21 February of Avril
Lavigne and on 22 February of Ricky Martin. The series of concerts will be
drawn to a close by Lou Reed (23 February), Max Pezzali (24 February) and
Riccardo Cocciante (25 February).
What's to eat?
The prinicpal city of Piedmont in
northwestern Italy, Torino has a population of more than 1 million. Regional
culinary and gastronomic specialites include the white truffle;
finanziere, a rich stew of meats, sweetbreads and truffles; over
100 types of cheese; Barolo and Barbaresco wines; bicerin , a hot drink made with coffee, chocolate and
milk served in the city's Baroque cafes.
Torino is the home of the controversial Holy
Shroud and also boasts the Egyptian Museum of Turin, the second most
important in the world after the one in Cairo. The museum's
galleries span Egyptian history and archaeology from the
Upper Paleolithic (from 40000 b.C.) to the Byzantine (324 a.C. - 639 a.C.)
periods. The Drovetti Collection, original nucleus of the Egyptian Museum,
gathers 98 statues, as well as a collection of papyri considered as the
most important set of Egyptian written documents outside
Cairo. Included in the collection are the Royal Papyrus, also known
as the Papyrus from Turin, with the list of all the kings from 3,000 to
1,600 BC. Equally important is the Ellesija Temple from Nubia dating back to more than 3,500