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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 Images)
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 years ago.

Torino 2006 Web Site

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