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2006 Torino Winter Games

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Host City: Torino, Italy (February 11, 2006 to February 26, 2006)
Opening Ceremony: February 10, 2006 (opened by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Stefania Belmondo
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Giorgio Rocca (athlete) and Fabio Bianchetti (official)
Closing Ceremony: February 26, 2006
Events: 84 in 15 sports

Participants: 2,494 (1,539 men and 955 women) from 79 countries
Youngest Participant: CHN Sun Zhifeng (14 years, 212 days)
Oldest Participant: VEN Werner Hoeger (52 years, 59 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): CAN Cindy Klassen (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (29 medals)

Overview

By all accounts there was nothing wrong with the Torino Winter Olympics. But neither was there anything special about them. Prior to the Games, there were reports of apathy towards the Games in Italy, with significant cost overruns and the government at first refusing to help the Organizing Committee, although finally they came to their aid. The Italian government also raised athletes’ hackles by proposing to enforce Italian criminal laws against doping at the Torino Olympics. Even the hyper-strict anti-doping Gods of WADA did not want criminal charges against the athletes, and eventually a compromise was reached. Finally, the 20th Olympic Winter Games were held in Torino but the apathy continued, with many venues lacking for spectators and many tickets going unsold. It was the Winter Olympics that they gave, but nobody came.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany 11 12 6 29
2 United States 9 9 7 25
3 Canada 7 10 7 24
4 Austria 9 7 7 23
5 Russia 8 6 8 22
6 Norway 2 8 9 19
7 Sweden 7 2 5 14
8 Switzerland 5 4 5 14
9 South Korea 6 3 2 11
10 Italy 5 0 6 11
11 China 2 4 5 11
12 France 3 2 4 9
13 Netherlands 3 2 4 9
14 Finland 0 6 3 9
15 Czech Republic 1 2 1 4
16 Estonia 3 0 0 3
17 Croatia 1 2 0 3
18 Australia 1 0 1 2
19 Poland 0 1 1 2
20 Ukraine 0 0 2 2
21 Japan 1 0 0 1
22 Belarus 0 1 0 1
23 Great Britain 0 1 0 1
24 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
25 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
26 Latvia 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Cindy Klassen (CAN) 1 2 2 5
2 Viktor An (KOR) 3 0 1 4
3 Michael Greis (GER) 3 0 0 3
4 Jin Seon-Yu (KOR) 3 0 0 3
5 Felix Gottwald (AUT) 2 1 0 3
6 Sven Fischer (GER) 2 0 1 3
7 Enrico Fabris (ITA) 2 0 1 3
8 Kati Wilhelm (GER) 1 2 0 3
9 Lee Ho-Seok (KOR) 1 2 0 3
10 Georg Hettich (GER) 1 1 1 3
11 Chad Hedrick (USA) 1 1 1 3
12 Wang Meng (CHN) 1 1 1 3
13 Albina Akhatova (RUS) 1 0 2 3
14 Lars Bystøl (NOR) 1 0 2 3
15 Apolo Anton Ohno (USA) 1 0 2 3
16 Anja Pärson (SWE) 1 0 2 3
17 Martina Glagow-Beck (GER) 0 3 0 3
18 Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) 0 2 1 3
19 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (EST) 2 0 0 2
20 Michaela Dorfmeister (AUT) 2 0 0 2
21 Giorgio Di Centa (ITA) 2 0 0 2
22 Svetlana Ishmuratova (RUS) 2 0 0 2
23 Björn Lind (SWE) 2 0 0 2
24 Benjamin Raich (AUT) 2 0 0 2
25 André Lange (GER) 2 0 0 2
26 Kevin Kuske (GER) 2 0 0 2
27 Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) 2 0 0 2
28 Clara Hughes (CAN) 1 1 0 2
29 Kateřina Neumannová (CZE) 1 1 0 2
30 Claudia Pechstein (GER) 1 1 0 2
31 Janica Kostelić (CRO) 1 1 0 2
32 Yuliya Chepalova (RUS) 1 1 0 2
33 Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek (SWE) 1 1 0 2
34 Joey Cheek (USA) 1 1 0 2
35 Choi Eun-Gyeong (KOR) 1 1 0 2
36 Shani Davis (USA) 1 1 0 2
37 Andreas Kofler (AUT) 1 1 0 2
38 Yevgeny Dementyev (RUS) 1 1 0 2
39 Anni Friesinger-Postma (GER) 1 0 1 2
40 Florence Baverel-Robert (FRA) 1 0 1 2
41 Pietro Piller Cottrer (ITA) 1 0 1 2
42 Vincent Defrasne (FRA) 1 0 1 2
43 Thobias Fredriksson (SWE) 1 0 1 2
44 Ireen Wüst (NED) 1 0 1 2
45 Yevgeniya Medvedeva (RUS) 1 0 1 2
46 Kristina Groves (CAN) 0 2 0 2
47 Claudia Künzel-Nystad (GER) 0 2 0 2
48 Matti Hautamäki (FIN) 0 2 0 2
49 François-Louis Tremblay (CAN) 0 2 0 2
50 Halvard Hanevold (NOR) 0 1 1 2
51 Hermann Maier (AUT) 0 1 1 2
52 Tobias Angerer (GER) 0 1 1 2
53 Marlies Schild (AUT) 0 1 1 2
54 Magnus Moan (NOR) 0 1 1 2
55 Sven Kramer (NED) 0 1 1 2
56 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher (CAN) 0 1 1 2
57 Roar Ljøkelsøy (NOR) 0 0 2 2
58 Erben Wennemars (NED) 0 0 2 2
59 Carl Verheijen (NED) 0 0 2 2
60 Rainer Schönfelder (AUT) 0 0 2 2
61 Martin Annen (SUI) 0 0 2 2
62 Beat Hefti (SUI) 0 0 2 2

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