Italian Olympic Facts• Ciao and welcome to Italy (Italia in Italian)! Italy is a country in southern Europe. It is known as "Bel Paese" or beautiful country. Italy is famous for beautiful paintings, sculptures, historic buildings, and delicious foods.
Italian Olympic Facts Italy has hosted the Olympic Games three times.• The 1956 Winter games in Cortina d’Ampezzo.• The 1960 Summer games in Rome,• The 2006 Winter in Turin.
Cortina dAmpezzo 1956• This was the year the Soviet Union first took part in the games.• The Cortina Games were the last Games at which the figure skating competitions took place outdoor• For the first time in the history of the Games, the Olympic Promise was made by a female athlete
Cortina dAmpezzo 1956• The Body Position In the ski jumping competition, the Finnish team introduced a new aerodynamic style, of holding the arms flat against the body rather than over the head in a diving position.
Rome 1960 Olympic gamesCassius Clay of the US, also known asMuhammad Ali, became famous by winningthe light-heavyweight gold medal.The Games in Rome were the last Games inwhich racism was tolerated, with the banningof the once Racist South Africa for 32 Years.
Turin 2006With a population of more than 900,000, Turinbecame the largest city ever to host theOlympic Winter Games.
Turin 2006• Live video coverage• For the first time, live video coverage of the Olympic Games was available on mobile phones.
Turin 2006• Oldest athlete• Duff Gibson of Calgary, Canada became the oldest athlete in the history of the Winter Games by winning a gold medal. On the day he won, he was 39 years and 190 days’ old.
Turin 2006US speed skater Joey Cheek won a gold medalin the 500 metres event and a silver at 1,000metres. His gold medal earned him $25,000which he donated to charity.
Turin 2006Saw the introduction of snowboard cross.
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