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Milan-Cortina has won the right to host the 2026 Winter Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach announced the decision. According to the IOC, there were 47 votes in favor of the Italian (Milan-Cortina) bid versus 34 votes for the Swedish (Stockholm-Are) bid. Italy has twice hosted Winter Olympics in the past -- Cortina in 1956 and Turin in 2006 -- but it will be the first held in Milan. The Olympic Winter Games Milan-Cortina 2026 will feature iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment. The 2026 Games are scheduled to take place from February 6-22, while the Winter Paralympics will be from March 6-15.

OPENING: A spectacular Opening Ceremony at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in San Siro will allow 80,000 spectators to welcome their champions, with the passion and excitement for which Italians are well known.

CLOSING CEREMONY: We are proposing the Arena di Verona, the largest and best-conserved Roman amphitheatre in northern Italy, for our closing celebration. With convenient access from Milano and Cortina, athletes from both areas will come together to be welcomed, as heroes in this spectacular venue, just as heroes were cheered in Roman times.

MEDAL CEREMONIES: There will be Medal Plazas in both Milano and Cortina: Piazza Duomo, an iconic location in Milano’s historical area, and the sublime backdrop of the Dolomites in Cortina. This will ensure unforgettable experiences for athletes, with dedicated family areas nearby to allow athletes to share these experiences with their loved ones.

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