2006
WORLD NEWS

The Games have begun

from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 10 Feb 2006

Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi declared the 2006 Torino Games open near the end of a two-and-a-half hour show that featured a spectacular display of lights, pyrotechnics and music.

Minutes later, Italian Olympic legend Stefania Belmondo lit an arc of fireworks that wound its way to the Olympic cauldron.

Belmondo, a former cross-country skier, won 10 medals over the course of five Winter Games.

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Members of the Canadian contingent wave to the crowd in Turin's Stadio Olimpico (Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Canadian contingent wave to the crowd in Turin's Stadio Olimpico (Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)