A day-by-day guide to the 2006 Winter Games, which start Friday in Turin, Italy, including a closer look at the day's featured event and the likely medal winners.
Day 1: The Opening Ceremonies
Day 2: Women's Moguls
Day 3: Men's Downhill
Day 4: Women's Halfpipe
Day 5: Men's Combined
Day 6: Men's Doubles Luge
Day 7: Men's Snowboarding
Day 8: Women's Hockey
Day 9: Men's Speedskating (1,000M)
Day 10: Original Dance
Day 11: Men's Giant Slalom
Day 12: Men's Speedskating (1,500M)
Day 13: Women's Aerials
Day 14: Ladies Free Skate
Day 15: Women's Giant Slalom
Day 16: Men's Short-Track (500M)
Day 17: Men's Hockey
Cover illustration by Steve McCracken
For The Washington Post

Turin Handbook

Who Will Be There? Twenty-five hundred athletes, 650 referees and judges, 2,500 coaches and team officials, and 2,300 representatives from the International Olympic Committee, the various national Olympic committees and the sports federations. All of those people still won't outnumber the media members, all 10,000 of them. An additional 6,000 will be guests of the various Olympic sponsors. One million spectators are expected, although ticket sales have been sluggish.

WHY TURIN?

The Italian city beat out five bidders in 1999: Helsinki; Klagenfurt, Austria; Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia; Sion, Switzerland; and Zakopane, Poland.

NO, WHY TURIN?

Ah, yes. In Italian, the city is Torino, much as Rome is Roma. In English, the city is Turin. The Post uses English spellings, so here, it will be Turin.
Time Difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

Turin is six hours ahead of Washington.

TELEVISION COVERAGE

In addition to prime-time coverage on NBC, live and taped events will be shown on cable channels USA, CNBC and MSNBC.

WHERE THE GAMES ARE

Indoor events will be in downtown Turin; the snow sports will be staged at tony Alpine ski resorts west of the city.


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