Tuesday 17 January 2006, 6.30 p.m. at the Olympic Museum
Presentation by Jean-Philippe Rapp and Philippe Ducarroz
Co-produced by the TSR
Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director
Valentino Castellani, President of the Organising Committee for the 2006 Games in Turin (TOROC)
Piero Gros, Olympic slalom champion at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck
Gian Gilli, Head of Swiss Ski’s Competition Sport Department
… and with the participation of Olympic athletes and medallists!
From Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956 to Torino 2006
After 50 years, the Games are returning to Italy. In this time lapse, the Games have developed extraordinarily, going from four to seven sports, and from 820 athletes in 1956 to 2,500 in 2006.
The Cortina Games were the first to be broadcast on television, and were the last to include outdoor figure skating competitions. What an evolution since then!
This evolution has taken place in communications, transport, infrastructure and financing, as well as in sports equipment. As far as timing is concerned… there were no thousands or hundredths of a second at that time.
Italy’s passion for sport is legendary, and it is with this theme that Turin is promising unique Games. The city is being transformed, swapping industry for culture. What legacy will these Games leave? In a few days, thousands of people will experience a real festival in Turin, while hundreds of millions of television viewers will feel the emotions through the small screen. For one evening at the Museum, let’s fast forward and talk about these Games already!
The Olympic Museum aims to be a place of exchange and reflection, where dialogue and diversity are the watchwords. The Agora, a crossroads for ideas, is now held four times a year. Popular, interesting subjects, linked to the latest news from the Olympic Museum and to sport in general, are at the heart of these conference-events. Jean-Philippe Rapp, a great lover of life and of sport, hosts these meetings with numerous well-known guests, with the aim of producing a lively, interactive study of sport and society.
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