Torino 2006

In 2006 the Olympic Winter Games returned to Italy, 50 years after Cortina D' Ampezzo. Torino and the surrounding mountain resorts of Sestriere and Bardonecchia hosted a remarkable Games.

Both ceremonies were captivating and the medal plaza and piazzas throughout the city were full of colour and excitement.

Cross country skier Stefania Belmondo lit the flame and alpine hero Giorgio Rocca gave the Athletes' Oath.

There were many records at the Games. The 2,508 athletes from 80 nations was the most ever, as was the number of events, 84. The fact that 26 countries took home medals was also a first.

Germany topped the medal tally with 11 gold, 12 silver and six bronze. Norway dropped from the top nation in 2002 to win just 2 gold and be 13th.

The Austrian team attracted plenty of attention. Ten of their cross country and biathlon athletes were tested in swooping drug raids with some athletes and a previously banned coach fleeing Italy. All tests came back negative. Positively though their athletes dominated alpine skiing, gaining 14 of the 30 medals awarded.

South Korea displayed success in short-track speed skating, gaining 10 medals of the 24 awarded. In the women’s, Sun-Yu Jin earned three gold medals, and in the men's, Hyun-Soo Ahn won three golds and one bronze. Another triple-gold winner was Germany's Michael Greis in biathlon.

Cindy Klassen earned medals in five of the six women’s speed skating events. Another speed skater, Claudia Peschstein, won a gold and a silver to become the first athlete in her sport to earn nine career medals. American Shani Davis became the first African American athlete to win an individual winter gold medal when he won the 1,000m speed skating.

With his victory in the Super G, Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt became the first alpine skier to earn four medals in the same event and the first to win four gold medals in total.

At the age of 39, skeleton specialist Duff Gibson became the oldest athlete in the history of the Olympic Winter Games to win a gold medal in an individual event. German bobsledder Andre Lange drove to victory in the two-man bobsleigh and then defended his Olympic championship in the four-man event.

Australian Olympians At The Games

Flag Bearers

Olympian Name Ceremony
Alisa Camplin Opening
Dale Begg-Smith Closing

Australian Medallists At The Games

Olympian Name Sport Medals
Dale Begg-Smith Freestyle Skiing
Alisa Camplin Freestyle Skiing

Australian Officials At The Games


Official Name Position
Ian Chesterman Chef De Mission

Team Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Craig Phillips Director - Administration and Operations
Geoff Lipshut Director - Mountain Regions
Peter Braun Medical Director
Michael Tancred Media Director
Peter Woolcott Attache
James Tomkins Athlete Liaison Officer
Thomas King Torino Coordinator
Alex Drayton Sauze d'Oulx Coordinator
Fiona de Jong Sestriere Coordinator
Andrew Logan Bardonecchia/Sauze d'Oulx Coordinator
Randall Cooper Physiotherapist
Peter Hogg Physiotherapist
Bianca Matheson Physiotherapist
Kirsty McNab Physiotherapist
Gordon Bray Media Liaison Officer
Murray Brust Media Liaison Officer
Barry White Media Liaison Officer

Sport Specific Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Michael Branch
Helmut Spiegl Coach
Jeff Piccard
Hannus Obererlacher
Paul Connor Coach
William Alstergren
Martin Bonicci
Doru Francu-Cioclei
Finn Marsland Head Coach
Nick Almoukov Coach
Bjorn Kristiansen
Galina Pachin Coach
Reginald Park
Todd Ossian
Daniel Murphy
Stephen Desovich Head Coach
Peter Topalovic Assistant Coach
Ted Polglaze
Ann Zhang Coach
Terry Holland Coach
Benjamin Wordsworth Head Coach
Benjamin Bright Coach
Benjamin Alexander
Leigh Delahoy Coach
Daimion Applegath
Jan Theodoor Remmelink