The year 2026 may seem far away, but it’s only a short seven years for the city who’s hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Milan-Cortina, Italy, will be hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. Exciting, we know! Although Italy has hosted the Olympics before—once in Cortina in 1956 and another time in Turin in 2006—it’s the first time that the city of Milan has ever hosted an Olympic Games.
Why was Milan-Cortina chosen over Stockholm-Åre in Sweden? It came down to experience and existing Olympic-quality venues. While Stockholm-Are has hosted the Olympics before, it was way back in 1912 (over a hundred years ago!) and it wasn’t specifically for a Winter Olympics. Having hosted more recently and with more updated facilities and experienced organizers, Italy won more votes. Now that Milan-Cortina has been chosen, what’s next you’re wondering? It’s time to get to work! Again, seven years may seem like a long time, but it’s not when it comes to getting a city Olympics-ready. Host cities spend billions of dollars building out infrastructure such as stadiums, gathering areas, and housing, not to mention improving roads and transportation systems in order to host Olympic athletes and millions of visitors from around the world. Congratulations, Milan-Cortina!