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Sports in Italy

In Italy, calcio (soccer to Americans, football to Europeans) surpasses all other sports. La Squadra Azzurra (the blue team) is a major source of national pride and sometimes agony. Some claim that Italy's victory in the 1982 World Cup did more for national unity than any political movement. Italy's success in 1994 sparked excitement that crested with every victory and ultimately crashed with their defeat by Brazil. In the 1998 World Cup quarterfinals, France knocked out Italy after an intense 4-3 penalty shoot-out. Last year, Italy whipped France and the rest of the world, winning the 2006 World Cup.

Italian fans cheer on their local teams, especially those promoted to Serie A, the Italian major league. Inter-urban rivalries, including those among Naples, Milan, and Rome, are intense. Italian sports fans, called tifosi (fever boys) are raucous and energetic.

Bicycling is popular in Italy. Besides manufacturing some of the best bikes in the world and hosting bike tours, Italians host the Giro d'Italia, a 25-day cross-country race in May. With parts of the Italian Alps (including the Dolomites) and the Apennines within its borders, Italy attracts skiers from December to April. Hiking and mountain climbing are popular throughout the North and in Calabria's Sila Massif. For swimming, windsurfing, or sailing, you may want to try the Southern beaches or those on Italy's islands. Breathtaking Sardinia offers crystal-blue waters with up to 30 meters of visibility.

Source: Let's Go Guide to Italy (Sports and Recreation)

Torino 2006

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In February 2006, Torino, Italy will host the XX Winter Olympic Games. The site of the games will be central to Torino, but actually held in eight different towns:

  • Bardonecchia (Snowboard, Alpine Skiing)
  • Cesana-San Sicario (Biathlon, Alpine Skiing)
  • Cesana- Pariol (Bobsledding, Skeleton, Luge)
  • Pinerolo (Curling)
  • Pragelato (Nordic Combined, Cross-country Skiing, Ski Jumping)
  • Sauze d'Oulx (Freestyle)
  • Sestriere (Alpine Skiing)
  • Torino (Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Short-Track).

In addition to these venues there will be two training locations: Claviere and Torre Pellice.

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Check out the official sites for the games:

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