Torino 2006

The XX Olympic Winter Games took place February 10-26, 2006 in Torino, Italy. For 17 days, athletes from around the world strove for a place in the Olympic hall of fame.

Sonja Henie

Eleven year old Sonja Henie skated in the first Winter Games.  During that perfomance she would stop to ask her coach what to do next.

By the 1928 Games she had improved, winning the gold medal. 

After her skating career the popular Henie became a popular move star.


These athletes competed in well-known sports like skiing and figure skating and hockey, along with not so well-known sports like luge, speedskating, curling and bobsledding.

The cutting edge : going for the gold
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a First Family Entertainment production, a Brookwell McNamara Entertainment production ; produced by David Grace ... [et al.] ; written by Dan Berendsen ; directed by Sean McNamara.
Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2006], c2005.
  1. DVD, Dolby 5.1. Anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1).
  2. In English with optional French dubbing and optional English or French subtitles; closed-captioned in English.
  3. Cast: Christy Carlson Romano, Ross Thomas, Scott Thompson Baker, Kim Kindrick, Stepfanie Kramer.
  4. Director of photography, Mark Doering-Powell ; production designer, Yvette Taylor ; editor, Jeff W. Canavan ; music by John Coda ; figure skating choreography by Jamie Isley.
  5. Based on the characters created by Tony Gilroy.
  6. Originally produced in 2005.
  7. MPAA rating: PG-13; for sexual situations, nudity and language.
  8. Jackie, a figure skater, pairs up with a extreme in-line skater in a bid for the Olympics, coached by Jackie's Olympic medalist parents. Sequel to The cutting edge.
The Winter Olympics : from Chamonix to Salt Lake City
edited by Larry R. Gerlach.
Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, c2004.
Since they began in the 1920s the Winter Games haven't always enjoyed glamorous favor--one former International Olympic Committee president derided them as the "Frostbite Follies," and the games were nearly eliminated in the 1960s. But the growing popularity of snow and ice sports has made them a global extravaganza today. Ten Olympic historians present essays on the history, politics, and controversies surrounding the games, commenting on issues of gender, amateurism, commercialism, and ceremony over almost a century of sport. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Edge of glory : the inside story of the quest for figure skating's Olympic gold medals
Christine Brennan.
New York : Scribner, c1998.
They practice for years in cold, dark rinks with a single dream; they train for decades for one moment: to skate onto the ice with the whole world watching to try to win the Olympic gold medal. If they stumble, the gold is gone. If they succeed, their lives can be changed forever. In Edge of Glory Christine Brennan tells the riveting stories of the world's best figure skaters as they travel through the most intense year of their young lives. As she did in the bestselling Inside Edge, Brennan goes backstage at major competitions and behind the scenes at the practice rinks to chronicle the figure skaters' quest for victory at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. The year opens with the 1997 U.S. national championships in Nashville, where the teenage Michelle Kwan, a favorite for the Olympic gold medal, dissolves on the ice during a wrenching four-minute performance. As Kwan bursts into tears leaving the rink, tiny Tara Lipinski arrives on the ice and steals the show. The crowd roars, and a new ice queen -- all seventy-five pounds of her -- is crowned. Tara shrieks in delight as she begins a run of historic victories, but she knows that she is paying a high price for winning. Living apart from her father, Tara can find her practice sessions overwhelming, and sometimes leaves the ice in a frenzy as her mother watches in horror. In the 368 days from Nashville to Nagano, other women will vie for the gold, including the unpredictable Nicole Bobek, the lyrical Lu Chen, and even a college graduate, Tonia Kwiatkowski, who would love simply to make the U.S. team. The men's competition has turned into an unprecedented jumping contest, led by Canada's controversial Elvis Stojko. But the men's field is deep, and nothing is certain when a skater flies into the air for a four-revolution jump. Todd Eldredge of the United States and Russia's Alexei Urmanov and Ilia Kulik are chasing Stojko, as are some youngsters, including America's top jumper, Michael Weiss. On the way to the Olympics, Brennan catches up with the famous and infamous, including Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton, Rudy Galindo, and the exquisite Russian pairs. She introduces us to the people behind the scenes: the edgy agents who are never far from their cellular phones; the attentive coaches and choreographers who have devised the intricate moves that will determine who wins the gold and who does not; and the stern judges, who control the sport from their rinkside seats. But Edge of Glory is, ultimately, the story of the athletes who compete in the most popular and beloved of all winter sports. What drives these skaters through the year? What do they fear? What are their dreams? More importantly, who will win? And who will lose?
Frozen in time : the greatest moments at the Winter Olympics
by Bud Greenspan ; foreword by Juan Antonio Samaranch ; preface by Bonnie Blair.
Santa Monica, CA : General Pub. Group, c1997.
Pays tribute to athletes of the Winter Olympics with 56 profiles of medal-winning men and women from around the world who have competed since 1924. Each profile recounts memorable moments of the competition, with many quotes from athletes, and each contains a color or bandw photo. Includes statistics. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The men's and women's speedskating team pursuit, snowboard cross, and biathlon mass start events were held for the first time at the 2006 Games.  Organizers provided guides to all of the events. 

The Olympic Games trace their history back to Greece over 3,000 years ago.  The first modern Olympics was held in the summer of 1896 in Athens.  Since that time over forty cities (including St. Louis in 1904) have hosted the games. 

The first Winter Games, known as "International Winter Sports Week" was held in Chamoix, France in 1924.  Originally the Winter Games were held in the same year as the Summer Olympics.  That changed in 1994 when the Winter Games were moved to the second year between the Summer Olympics. 

Just over 250 athletes from sixteen nations competed in the first Winter Games.  Compare that with the 85 countries and 2,500 athletes projected to participate at Torino.

The Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games were the most watched Winter Games in history.  For the first time Mongolia and Azerbaijan showed the Games. In the U.S. over 416 hours of live coverage was provided by NBC. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff