Some 70 years after Cortina 1956 and 20 years after Turin 2006, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are returning to Italy.
On February 6, 2026, the curtain will rise on the Olympic Games; the date for the Paralympic Games is March 6, 2026. But the road to the Games has already begun; Milano-Cortina is just 3 years away as the Olympic and Paralympic flags wave above Piazza Duomo.
A spectacular urban and mountain landscape covering 22,000 km2 will host the Games. This will be a particular challenge for the territories. Two cities, Milan and Cortina, along with the support of two regions, Lombardy and Veneto, and two autonomous provinces, Trento and Bolzano, are joining forces to create a memorable edition of the Games.
Some 3,500 athletes from 93 countries will compete for a spot on the podium of Milano Cortina 2026 Games in 16 Olympic disciplines: Alpine skiing, Ice hockey, Freestyle skiing, Speed and Short track skating, Cross-country skiing, Figure skating, Snowboarding, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge, Ski jumping, Curling, Biathlon competitions, Nordic combined, and Ski mountaineering (debut).
Paralympic Games will feature 6 disciplines: Paralympic biathlon, Paralympic ice hockey, wheelchair curling, Paralympic cross-country skiing, Paralympic snowboarding, and Paralympic alpine skiing.
Besides Milano and Cortina d'Ampezzo, the cities that have jointly assigned the event, the competitions will take place in Valtellina, in Val di Fiemme and in Anterselva / Antholz.
Two million spectators are expected at the competition venues.