The Torino 2006 Winter Olympics was a major highlight of this past winter. For two weeks during the month of February, athletes from all around the globe congregated to the Italian city to complete in numerous competitions.
Although each athlete has dreams of walking away with a gold, silver, or bronze medal, there can only be a select number of winners. Nevertheless, those who compete in the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics can take great pride in knowing they did their best competing for their country. There were a total of 80 nations competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics, and over 2600 athletes.
The Torino 2006 Winter Olympics includes 84 events in 15 disciplines and 7 sports. These included competitions in skiing, bobsledding, cross country skiing, luge, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, and so forth. In addition, the 2006 Winter Olympics consists of new sports such as biathlon and team speed skating. As the largest city to ever host the Olympic games, the city of Turin, Italy was also home to several tourists, family members of athletes, news reporters, and past Olympians during the sixteen day period of February 10th to 26th 2006.
Overall, the U.S. teams performed well at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics. Winning a total of 25 medals, the U.S. team ranked second among nations with the highest number of medals in the 2006 competition. Canada ranked first with 29 medals, whereas Austria ranked third with 23 medals. The breakdown for the American team included nine gold, nine silver, and seven bronze medals.
The closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics 2006 took place on February 26, 2006 at Stadio Olimpico. At this time, the winning Olympics participate in the traditional march or parade around the stadium. The event is broadcasted around the world; and includes performances by popular singers.