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26/01/1956 The VII Winter Olympic Games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

The Cortina Games were unique in that many of the venues were within walking distance of each other. The organizing committee received financial support from the Italian government for infrastructure improvements, but the rest of the costs for the Games had to be privately financed.


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  • Host city selection 

  • Organization 

  • Politics 

  • Events 

  • Calendar 

  • Venues 

  • Participating nations