The debrief was held on Tuesday 4th April at the OCI offices in Howth. The debrief consisted of a review of the procedures in the run up to the Games and operations while in Torino. The theme of the debrief was to identify what went well and what can be improved on for the next Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010.
One of the main developments to come out of the debrief was the establishment of a Wintersports Forum. This forum will consist of members of the four affiliated wintersports National Federations (Bobsleigh & Skeleton, Curling, Ice Hockey and Snowsports), along with the OCI Chief Executive and Sports Director. The athletes present in Torino have been circulated with the details of the debrief and invited to make submissions to the next meeting of the Forum, which will be held on May 17th.
Athletes and coaches of a wintersport which is not represented at present by a National Federation should contact the OCI Sports Director in order have their situation considered at the Forum
From the lighting in Rome, the flame was transmitted by satellite to Turin, where the Mayor of Turin, Sergio Chiamparino, received it at the Piazza della Repubblica. From there, the flame was carried along the Via Milano to the Town Hall by the first four torchbearers. The flame will burn at the Town Hall - except for two days on Monte Rosa - until 8 March, when it will begin its journey through the city.
The Paralympic Games have always been held in the same year as the Olympic Games. Since the 1988 Seoul Summer Games and the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, they have also taken place at the same venues as the Olympic Games. On 19 June 2001, an agreement was signed between the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) aiming to secure the organisation of the Paralympic Games. The agreement reaffirmed that the Paralympic Games, from 2008 on, will always take place shortly after the Olympic Games, using the same sporting venues and facilities.
The Italian city of Turin will host the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games from 10-19 March 2006. Approximately 535 athletes from about 39 countries are expected to participate in these Games. A new sport will be making its debut in Turin: wheelchair curling, bringing the total number of sports to be contested to four: Alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Nordic skiing and wheelchair curling.
The Paralympic Games are elite sport events for athletes from different disability groups. They clearly emphasise, however, the participants' athletic achievements, not their disability.
The dozens of emails, telephone calls and text messages gave a massive boost to team morale as did the excellent media coverage. “We feel that winter sports has now come of age in an Irish context”, said Irish chef de mission Clifton Wrottesley, “and the future is looking good”
Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland congratulated the chef de mission, the athletes and the backroom staff for a job well done for their sport and country. He also thanked the national sports federations and the many individual and team sponsors for their unstinting co-operation and support over the past four years.
He had special praise for the families and mentors of the athletes – “we fully appreciate all you have done and the many sacrifices you made on the road to Turin ”
“The presence in Turin of the Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, John O’Donoghue, the Chairman of the Irish Sports Council Ossie Kilkenny and ISC CEO John Treacy were very important signs for the positive future of winter sports in Ireland”, he said.
“I’m sure they were all very impressed with the Games and the total commitment and contribution of the Irish team. We in the OCI sincerely thank the Minister and the ISC for helping to fund the team and, through their attendance at the Games, providing an important link to what we hope may be even greater financial support for Ireland’s future Winter Olympic efforts”
“Here’s to Vancouver 2010” - Ciao!
Because of poor weather conditions the race course had to be shortened. The revised course proved to be easier than expected, resulting in fewer racers being eliminated.
This afternoon's course will be set by Croatia's Ante Kostelic (Multi-medal winner Janica's father) and is likely to be more challenging.
“Our athletes can hold their heads up high for their achievements at the Games”, said Ireland’s chef de mission Clifton Wrottesley. “To gain Olympic qualification is an honour in itself, but our athletes, all Olympic first-timers, put in exceptional performances in the really tough competitive conditions here in Turin”
“Rory epitomised the upbeat Irish spirit – he worked very hard from his base in Norway to make the Irish team, he performed for our country with pride and passion and was a huge contributor to the Irish team’s excellent morale. He will enjoy the honour of being Ireland’s flag bearer at a ceremony which celebrates the huge success of these Games, one that sets the standard for the next Winter Games in Vancouver in four years time” Clifton concluded.
The event was won by Julia Mancuso of the USA.
Kirsty's next event is the women's giant slalom, which will be held in Sestriere on Friday, 1st run at 09:30 (Torino time)
The event, on the Giovanni A. Agnelli course in Sestriere, was run off in less than ideal conditions. Lack of visability was one of the main concerns of the competitors.
The second series of runs starts at 17:45 Torino time.
The full program for Tuesday 21 February follows.
Ice Hockey men
Lithuania - Kazakhstan, 11.30am, Torino Esposizioni
Switzerland - Italy, 12.30pm, Palasport Olimpico
Germany – Finland, 3.30pm, Torino Esposizioni
Canada – Czech Republic, 4.30pm, Palasport Olimpico
Sweden – Slovakia, 20.00pm, Torino Esposizioni
USA – Russia, 20.30pm, Palasport Olimpico
Figure Skating women, short program
Speed Skating, 1500m men
4.00pm, Oval Lingotto (*)
Curling, tie-breakers, men and women
(The scheduling of any tie-breakers for tomorrow will ultimately be determined at the end of today’s competition)
Sessione 1, 9.00am
Sessione 2, 2.00pm
Sessione 3, 7.00pm
Pragelato – Pragelato Plan:
Ski Jump LH, 11.00am
Sprint 7.5km, 2.00pm (*)
Cesana - San Sicario
4x7.5km relay, 12.00pm (*)
3rd run, 5.30pm
4th run, 7.00pm (*)
Sauze d’Oulx (Jouvenceaux area)
Freestyle Aerials, women
With an aggregate time of two minutes fifty seven point four two seconds after his two runs. This significantly increases his position in world rankings and represented a personal triumph for the Kenmare man.
Austrian Benjamin Raich won the gold medal after first-leg leader Francois Bourque of Canada tumbled in the second round. Frenchman Joel Chenal, 32, captured his first Olympic medal with silver, just 0.07s behind Raich, and Austrian Hermann Maier added a bronze to the super-G silver he won on Saturday.