2026 Winter Olympics
The 2026 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXV Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XXVes Jeux olympiques d'hiver; Italian: XXV Giochi olimpici invernali), and commonly known as Milan-Cortina 2026, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 6 to 22 February 2026 in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Milan–Cortina d'Ampezzo beat another joint bid from Swedish cities Stockholm–Åre by 47–34 votes to be elected host cities at the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 24 June 2019.
|Host city||Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy|
(Italian: Sognando Insieme)
|Stadium||San Siro (Opening Ceremony)|
Verona Arena (Closing Ceremony)
This will be the fourth Olympic Games hosted in Italy and the first hosted in Milan. It will mark the 20th anniversary of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the 70th anniversary of the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. This will also be the first Olympic Games featuring two host cities in its name.
Host city selectionEdit
Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo was elected as the host cities on 24 June 2019 at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland. The three Italian IOC members, Franco Carraro, Ivo Ferriani and Giovanni Malagò, and two Swedish IOC members, Gunilla Lindberg and Stefan Holm, were ineligible to vote in this host city election under the rules of the Olympic Charter.
|2026 Winter Olympics bidding results|
A firm criterion for the Winter Olympics is the availability of alpine ski slopes of certain sizes, which narrows down potential locations significantly, and often necessitates locations in less populated areas. The men's downhill requires at least 800 metres (2,600 ft) altitude difference along a course of around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in length.
For the 2026 Winter Olympics the IOC allowed a longer distance between events, so that alpine skiing can be held in a mountain area, and sports such as ice hockey and figure skating can be held in a large city more than 160 kilometres (99 mi) away where such arenas are already available or have greater usage after the games.
A certain spectator capacity is required, which is most often 10,000 but varies according to the particular sport. Furthermore, certain VIP areas are required at every venue.
- San Siro Stadium – opening ceremony
- Mediolanum Forum – figure skating, short track
- PalaItalia Santa Giulia – main ice hockey venue (planned despite the games)
- PalaLido – second ice hockey venue
- Piazza del Duomo - Medal Plaza
- Stelvio slope, Bormio – alpine skiing
- Mottolino/Sitas - Tagliede/Carosello 3000, Livigno – snowboarding, freestyle skiing
Cortina d'Ampezzo ClusterEdit
- Olimpia delle Tofane slope, Cortina d'Ampezzo – alpine skiing (technical resort is in construction for FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021)
- Pista Eugenio Monti, Cortina – bobsleigh, luge and skeleton (modernisation and lighting works)
- Stadio Olimpico Del Ghiaccio, Cortina – curling
- Südtirol Arena, Antholz – biathlon
Val di Fiemme ClusterEdit
- Stadio del salto "Giuseppe Dal Ben", Predazzo – ski jumping, nordic combined (wind net required)
- Lago di Tesero Cross Country Stadium, Tesero – cross-country skiing, nordic combined
- Ice Rink Piné, Baselga di Piné – speed skating (venue to be rebuilt)
- Verona Arena – closing ceremony
Participating National Olympic CommitteesEdit
- Italy (Host)
- Olympic Games celebrated in Italy
- Paralympic Games celebrated in Italy
- Universiades celebrated in Italy
- 1959 Summer Universiade – Turin
- 1966 Winter Universiade – Sestriere
- 1970 Summer Universiade – Turin
- 1975 Winter Universiade – Livigno
- 1975 Summer Universiade – Rome
- 1985 Winter Universiade – Belluno
- 1997 Summer Universiade – Sicily
- 2003 Winter Universiade – Tarvisio
- 2007 Winter Universiade – Turin
- 2013 Winter Universiade – Trentino
- 2019 Summer Universiade – Naples
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