It's decided: Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo have been accepted to host the 2026 Winter Olympics! The Italian concept came out on top against the sole competitors Stockholm-Åre. Other candidates, such as Innsbruck, had already fallen through earlier on. The Winter Games will take place from the 6th to the 22nd of February 2026.
To minimise the amount of venues that need to be constructed from scratch, and stick to the 2.3 billion euro budget, the competitions will be held at eight different places in the north of Italy. Among other places, Olympic medals will be awarded in South Tyrol for the first time.
By the way: The last Winter Olympics held in Europe took place in 2006. Back then, another Italian host, Turin, was chosen by the IOC for the biggest winter sports event in the world. Therebetween, the Games were or will be held in Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), Pyeongchang (2018), and Beijing (2022).