In competition with the Swiss town of Sion, the city in Northern Italy has just been awarded the right to organise the winter Olympics in 2006. Situated at the foot of the Alps, as the name of the region whose capital it is indicates, Piedmont, Turin is best known for its two great football teams, Juventus and Torino and especially for being the location for the head office of car manufacturer Fiat. It should also be noted that the hub of Olympic activity will be situated at the "Lingotto", which is an old Fiat factory that is today a business centre.This city with a population of around 1 million was chosen following an irreproachable procedure designed to wipe the Salt Lake City affair from collective memory.In addition to Sion and Turin, the Austrian town of Klagenfurt, Poprad-Tatry in Slovakia, Zakopane in Poland and Helsinki in Finland were also candidates to host the winter games. In the end, the two cities were retained for the final choice and it was the Italian city at the foot of the Alps that won over the 109th session of the IOC that was sitting in Seoul in South Korea.The games will take place in six different areas, of which Sestriere where some of the Alpine skiing events will be held. Curling, figure skating, speed skating and the ice hockey tournament will take place in Turin.