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2026 Winter Olympics

XXV Olympic Winter Games
Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic official bid logo.svg
Host cityMilan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
MottoDreaming Together
(Italian: Sognando Insieme)
Opening6 February
Closing22 February
StadiumSan Siro (Opening Ceremony)
Verona Arena (Closing Ceremony)
Beijing 2022 TBD 2030 →
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 Milan-Cortina 2026 or Milano-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]

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 also be the first Olympic Games featuring two host cities in its name.


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]
City Nation Votes
Milan–Cortina d'Ampezzo  Italy 47
Stockholm–Åre  Sweden 34
One abstention[5]


A firm criterion for the Winter Olympics is the availability of alpine ski slopes of certain sizes, which narrows down potential locations significantly, and often necessitates locations in less populated areas. The men's downhill requires at least 800 metres (2,600 ft) altitude difference along a course of around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in length.[6]

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 sports such as ice hockey and figure skating can be held in a large city more than 160 kilometres (99 mi) away where such arenas are already available or have greater usage after the games.

A certain spectator capacity is required, which is 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 anywhere outside the continent of North America.[7]


Milan Cluster

Valtellina Cluster

  • Stelvio slope, Bormio – alpine skiing
  • Mottolino/Sitas - Tagliede/Carosello 3000, Livigno – snowboarding, freestyle skiing

Cortina d'Ampezzo Cluster

Val di Fiemme Cluster


Participating National Olympic Committees

  •  Italy (Hosts)

Broadcasting rights

See also


  1. ^ "French and English are the official languages for the Olympic Games.", [1].(..)
  2. ^ "Lausanne To Host Vote For Winning 2026 Winter Olympic Bid Instead of Milan After Italy Enters Race". GamesBids. 20 September 2018.
  3. ^ "IOC To Move Up 2026 Olympic Bid Vote Three Months, Now June 2019". GamesBids. 9 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Winter Olympics: Italy's Milan-Cortina bid chosen as host for the 2026 Games". BBC. 24 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Milan-Cortina awarded the Olympic Winter Games 2026". IOC. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  6. ^ "It's looking downhill for Quebec's Olympic bid". National Post (Canada). 13 December 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Gary Bettman says it's 'hard to envision' the NHL ever returning to the Olympics". CBS Sports. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "IOC reaches agreement for broadcast rights in Brazil with Grupo Globo through to 2032". International Olympic Committee. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b "IOC awards 2026-2032 Olympic Games broadcast rights in Korea to JTBC". International Olympic Committee. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  10. ^ "IOC awards Olympic Games broadcast rights to NBCUniversal through to 2032". International Olympic Committee. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.

External links

Official 2026 Winter Olympics websites
Preceded by
Winter Olympics
MilanCortina d'Ampezzo

XXV Olympic Winter Games
Succeeded by