Milan and Cortina won the 2026 Winter Olympics rights following a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The joint bid by the city of Milan, the ski resorts of Cortina D’Ampezzo and Valtellina, on Monday 24th June 2019, won 47 votes, edging out the candidacy from Sweden’s Stockholm and Are, which received 34 votes at the session in Lausanne. Four other leading candidate cities – Switzerland’s Sion, Japan’s Sapporo, Austria’s Graz, and 1988 hosts Calgary in Canada – pulled out, citing the Games’ cost.
The official opening will occur in Milan in the San Siro stadium, and games will be played between Milan (hockey, ice skating), Cortina D’Ampezzo, Livigno, and Bormio in Valtellina. The motto of the 2026 Olympic games is: “We dream together.”
For updates: https://milanocortina2026.coni.it/en/
This is not the first time Italy hosts winter Olympic games; the last was in 2006 in Turin.
May the best win!