2006 Winter Olympics

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The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games (XX Giochi olimpici invernali) and commonly known as Turin 2006 or Torino 2006, was a winter multi-sport event which was held in Turin, Piedmont, Italy from February 10 to 26, 2006.wikipedia
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The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games (XX Giochi olimpici invernali) and commonly known as Turin 2006 or Torino 2006, was a winter multi-sport event which was held in Turin, Piedmont, Italy from February 10 to 26, 2006.
Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, and as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Winter Olympic Games

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This marked the second time that Italy had hosted the Winter Olympic Games, the first being the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The Games have been held four times in the United States (in 1932, 1960, 1980 and 2002); three times in France (in 1924, 1968 and 1992); and twice each in Austria (1964, 1976), Canada (1988, 2010), Japan (1972, 1998), Italy (1956, 2006), Norway (1952, 1994), and Switzerland (1928, 1948).

Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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The first gold medal of the 2006 Games was awarded in the 20 kilometre biathlon, won by German Michael Greis on the first day of competition.
Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics consisted of ten biathlon events.

Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held at the Torino Palasport Olimpico and the Torino Esposizioni in Turin, Italy.

Curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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In men's curling action, Great Britain edged Germany 7–6, Switzerland kept New Zealand winless by winning 9–7, Canada beat Norway 7–6, and the United States defeated Sweden, 10–6.
Curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held in the town of Pinerolo, Italy from February 13 to February 24. It proved to be the sleeper hit in terms of television ratings in Italy.

Cross-country skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Kristina Šmigun won her second gold medal of the Games with a victory in the women's 10 kilometre classical cross-country skiing on February 16, remaining the only Estonian to medal.
The cross-country skiing events at the 2006 Winter Olympics featured 12 events, from 11 to 26 February 2006 at Pragelato in Turin.

Bobsleigh at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Three bobsleigh events were competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics, at the Cesana Pariol venue.

Short track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Short track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held over thirteen days, from 12 February to 25 February.

Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held over ten days, from 11 February to 25 February.

Germany at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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The first gold medal of the 2006 Games was awarded in the 20 kilometre biathlon, won by German Michael Greis on the first day of competition. In men's curling action, Great Britain edged Germany 7–6, Switzerland kept New Zealand winless by winning 9–7, Canada beat Norway 7–6, and the United States defeated Sweden, 10–6.
Germany competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, winning once again the most total medals of any nation.

Poprad

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The candidacies of Helsinki, Finland; Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia; Zakopane, Poland; and Klagenfurt, Austria were dropped by the Selection College after all six candidate cities made their candidate presentations.
In 1999, Poprad put in a bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics, but lost to Turin, Italy.

Alpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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The men's combined alpine skiing was riddled with disqualifications, including front-runners Bode Miller and Benjamin Raich.
Alpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics consisted of ten events, held at Sestriere and Cesana-San Sicario, Italy.

Nordic combined at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Nordic combined at the 2006 Winter Olympics, consisted of three events held over ten days, from 11 February to 21 February.

Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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In men's curling action, Great Britain edged Germany 7–6, Switzerland kept New Zealand winless by winning 9–7, Canada beat Norway 7–6, and the United States defeated Sweden, 10–6. Ice hockey began with the women's competition; Sweden defeated Russia 3–1 in the first match while Canada's team opened with the second most lopsided win in Olympic history by beating the host Italians 16–0.
Sweden sent 112 athletes to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin trying to win their first gold medal since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.

Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey began with the women's competition; Sweden defeated Russia 3–1 in the first match while Canada's team opened with the second most lopsided win in Olympic history by beating the host Italians 16–0. Chinese figure skating pair Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao, trailing a dominant Russian pair, attempted a throw quadruple salchow jump—an element which had never been successfully completed in competition.
Russia participated at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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In men's curling action, Great Britain edged Germany 7–6, Switzerland kept New Zealand winless by winning 9–7, Canada beat Norway 7–6, and the United States defeated Sweden, 10–6. Ice hockey began with the women's competition; Sweden defeated Russia 3–1 in the first match while Canada's team opened with the second most lopsided win in Olympic history by beating the host Italians 16–0.
Canada competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, with a team of 196 athletes and 220 support staff.

Ski jumping at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Ski jumping at the 2006 Winter Olympics, was held over nine days, from 11 February to 20 February.

Italy at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey began with the women's competition; Sweden defeated Russia 3–1 in the first match while Canada's team opened with the second most lopsided win in Olympic history by beating the host Italians 16–0.
Italy was the host nation for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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The 2006 Winter Olympic Games Snowboarding competition consisted of men's and women's halfpipe, parallel giant slalom and snowboard cross events.

Latvia at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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On February 12, Latvia won its first winter Olympic medal when Mārtiņš Rubenis took the bronze in the men's luge.
Latvia competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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In men's curling action, Great Britain edged Germany 7–6, Switzerland kept New Zealand winless by winning 9–7, Canada beat Norway 7–6, and the United States defeated Sweden, 10–6. Both the Canadian and American women's ice hockey teams posted their second straight shutout wins.
The United States Olympic Committee (abbreviated USOC) sent 204 athletes to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Luge at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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The Luge competition at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games was held at Cesana Pariol in Cesana, Italy.

China at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Chinese figure skating pair Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao, trailing a dominant Russian pair, attempted a throw quadruple salchow jump—an element which had never been successfully completed in competition.
China competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Michael Greis

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The first gold medal of the 2006 Games was awarded in the 20 kilometre biathlon, won by German Michael Greis on the first day of competition.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Greis came into the games heading the World Cup standings and took the first Olympic gold of the games with victory in the individual 20 km ahead of the defending Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen.