2026 Winter Olympics

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XXV Olympic Winter Games
Milano Cortina 2026 Olympics.svg
Host city Milan and Cortina, Italy
Motto
  • Dreaming Together
  • (Italian: Sogniamo Insieme)
Opening6 February
Closing22 February
Stadium
Winter
Beijing 2022 2030
Summer
Paris 2024 Los Angeles 2028

The 2026 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXV Olympic Winter Games (French : Les XXVes Jeux olympiques d'hiver; [1] Italian : XXV Giochi olimpici invernali), and commonly known as Milano Cortina 2026 or 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 StockholmÅre 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. [2] [3] [4]

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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, the 70th anniversary of the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo and the 80th anniversary of the Italian Republic. This will be the first Olympic Games featuring two host cities.

Bidding

Host city selection

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 [5]
CityNationVotes
Milan–Cortina d'Ampezzo Flag of Italy.svg Italy47
Stockholm–Åre Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden34
One abstention [5]

Criteria

A firm criterion for the Winter Olympics is the availability of adequate alpine skiing venues, which narrows down potential locations significantly. The men's downhill requires a minimum vertical drop of 800 metres (2,625 feet), with a course length of around 3 kilometres (1.9 miles). [6] Bormio and Cortina are notable regular stops on the World Cup circuit for men's and women's downhills, respectively.

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 indoor sports such as ice hockey and figure skating can be held in a large city more than 160 km (100 mi) away, where such arenas are already available or have greater usage after the games.

A certain spectator capacity is required, most often 10,000, but varies according to the particular sport. Furthermore, certain VIP areas are required at every venue.

National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman has stated that NHL players are unlikely to be included if the Winter Games are held outside of North America. [7]

Venues

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Locations of the venues in Northern Italy The host cities are circled in blue.

Milan Cluster

Assago stand-alone venue

Valtellina Cluster

Cortina d'Ampezzo Cluster

Val di Fiemme Cluster

Verona

Transport

Budget

Sports


  1. Biathlon
  2. Bobsleigh
  3. Curling
  4. Ice hockey
  5. Luge
  6. Skating
  7. Skeleton
  8. Skiing

Participating National Olympic Committees

Broadcasting rights

See also

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Milan–Cortina dAmpezzo bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics

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Preceded by
Beijing
Winter Olympics
MilanCortina d'Ampezzo

XXV Olympic Winter Games
(2026)
Succeeded by
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