Albertville (French pronunciation: [albɛʁvil] (listen); Arpitan: Arbèrtvile) is a subprefecture of the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in Southeastern France. It is best known for hosting the 1992 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. In 2017, the commune had a population of 18,899; its urban area had 40,489 inhabitants.
A general view of Albertville
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Frédéric Burnier-Framboret|
|17.54 km2 (6.77 sq mi)|
|• Urban||189.8 km2 (73.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
| • Urban|
|• Urban density||210/km2 (550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||328–2,030 m (1,076–6,660 ft) |
(avg. 352 m or 1,155 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Albertville is situated on the river Arly, close to the confluence with the river Isère. Its altitude ranges from 345 to 2,037 metres (1,132 to 6,683 ft). Nearby mountains include: Belle Étoile, Dent de Cons, Négresse, Roche Pourrie, Mirantin, Pointe de la Grande Journée, Chaîne du Grand Arc. Nearby mountain ranges include the Bauges, the Beaufortain and the beginning of the Vanoise.
The modern city of Albertville was formed in 1836 by King Charles Albert of Sardinia, who merged the medieval town of Conflans, which has buildings dating to the 14th century, with the town of L'Hôpital. Since then, Albertville has fostered trade between France, Italy and Switzerland. Industries such as paper mills and hydroelectricity are found along its river.
The 1992 Winter Olympics were organised in the Savoie region, with Albertville hosting it. Some of the sports venues were later adapted for other uses. Some sports venues still remain, such as the ice rink, La halle de glace Olympique, designed by the architect Jacques Kalisz. Despite this, the town remains more industrial than touristic.
In 2003, the town was labelled a "Town of Art and History".
Albertville station was put into service in 1879 by the Compagnie des chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée (PLM).
Notable people from AlbertvilleEdit
- Gérard Mourou (born 1944), Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 2018
- Justine Braisaz (born 1996), world and Olympic medalist in biathlon
- Jean-Luc Crétier (born 1966), Olympic champion in alpine skiing (WOC 1998, downhill)
- Léa Lemare (born 1996), ski jumper and national champion
- Florine De Leymarie (born 1981), skier
- Adrien N'Goma (born 1976), rugby player
- Jérôme Jarre (born 1990), comedian on the Vine app
Sites of interestEdit
- La halle de glace Olympique, or the Olympic ice hall, the ice arena that hosted events during the 1992 Winter Olympics.
- L'anneau de vitesse, or speed oval, the athletic stadium that previously served as the site of the speed skating competitions of 1992 Winter Olympics.
Albertville is twinned with:
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