Yes, the Winter Olympic Games 2026 will once again be hosted by Italy!
Italy received the majority vote over competing bidder, Sweden and according to the IOC (International Olympic Committee), there were a close 47 votes in favour of the Italian bid versus 34 votes for Sweden. The fashion capital can only stand proud as they are the second hosts of the world’s biggest snow-sports competition in 20 years and the third time in total. The two previous Winter Olympic Games hosted by Italy includes Cortina in 1956 and Turin in 2006, but it will be the first held in the Metropolitan City, Milan.
The sporting competitions will take place in the host city of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Milan will house the indoor events like figure skating and ice hockey while the ski and snowboard events will take place at the Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
“We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country,” said Bach, after revealing the decision.
Along with Italy’s existing infrastructure, bringing the Winter Olympics back to a traditional snow-sports country will provide real snow for the skiing and snowboarding events whilst also keeping the operational costs down.
“Our hope and expectation has been that the IOC would be ready to move from words to action and have confidence in Sweden’s ability to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games based on our proposal and vision,”