Now it’s official: Milan-Cortina with the Dolomites and the Alps will host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Yesterday evening, 24th June 2019, Thomas Bach, the CIO president, announced the news from Losanna: Italy received 47 votes against 34 of the Sweden with Stockholm-Are. For the third times, after the 2006 Winter Games and the 1956 edition of Cortina, the Winter Olympics will take part in Italy.
Three are the regions involved: Veneto, Trentino-South Tyrol and Lombardia, where the different competitions will take part, while the official opening ceremony will be at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium of Milan, a smaller one in Cortina d’Ampezzo and the closing one at the Verona Arena.
2026 Olympics: the venues of the competitions
The Dolomite’s area will host different winter games, divided between Cortina d’Ampezzo, Anterselva, Baselga di Pinè, Tesero and Predazzo.
Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the women's alpine skiing competitions on the Olimpia delle Tofane slope, bobsleigh, sledding and skeleton races on the Eugenio Monti slope, while at the Olympic Ice Stadium, which will be renewed, curling competitions will be held.
Anterselva, in the province of Bolzano, will host the biathlon competitions, while in the province of Trento, there will be three locations involved in the 2026 Olympics: Baselga di Pinè where speed skating competitions will be held; Tesero and Predazzo for cross-country skiing competitions, Nordic skiing and ski jumping.
Five venues will host the competitions in Milan: the Mediolanum Assago Forum for figure skating and short track; the Palasharp of Lampugnano and a new building in Santa Giulia for hockey; the Stelvio slope in Bormio for men's downhill skiing, the areas of Mottolino, Sitas-Tagliede and Carosello 3000 in Livigno for snowboarding and freestyle; the media centre will be at the Rho exhibition area, while Piazza del Duomo will be the venue for the awards ceremony that will take place in Lombardy.
Dossier Milano Cortina 2026 Candidature
The dossier sets the 5 objectives that the Milan-Cortina committee intends to achieve with the Winter Olympics of 2026:
1.Games for all: give a unique experience for everyone, from athletes to spectators, from sponsors to companies
2. Sustainable development and cooperation in the macro-alpine region
3. To champion the Olympic and Paralympic spirit
4. Alps as a major Sports Hub
5. To strengthen the Olympic brand and add value the Olympic Movement
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