The city of Milan and the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo have been announced as the hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee voted for Italy's bid ahead of Stockholm-Are, Sweden, to stage the event. With such result, Italy has made history: no country has ever won two Winter (or Summer) Olympic bid elections against at least one other nation in a 20-year span and held the Winter (or Summer) Games twice in that stretch. The last time that Italy hosted the Games was in 2006, in Turin.
There were only two candidates left after other bidders - Sion (Switzerland), Sapporo (Japan), Graz (Austria), Calgary (Canada), Erzerum (Turkey) - had earlier dropped out of the race with concerns over the event's size and cost.