Winter Olympics in Turin was inaugurated by Italian President Carlo Adzelio Ciampi. As part of the ceremony, the Olympic oath was given on behalf of all the judges by Fabio Bianchetti, and on behalf of all the athletes by Giorgio Rocca. The Olympic flame was solemnly lit by Stefania Belmondo. Athletes participating camped in the Olympic villages of Turin, Sestriere and Bardonecchia.
The greatest number of awards according to the results of the Olympics were awarded to athletes from Germany. They won 29 medals, among them 11 gold, 12 silver and 6 bronze. The Germans proved best in biathlon: out of 30 medals drawn, they were able to win 11, and out of 10 races were defeated in just one. At bobsleigh competitions, athletes from Germany won all three gold medals.
The second place in number of awards was won by America, having received 9 gold and silver medals and 7 bronze medals, while athletes best performed at curling competitions in women’s qualification, in speed skating in distances of 500, 1000 and 5000 metres and snowboarding. The Russians finished fourth, receiving 8 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals. Russian athletes got the first places in figure skating, speed skating, skiing and biathlon competitions.
The closing ceremony included a speech by Valentino Castellani, chairman of the XX Olympic Games organizing committee, as well as a performance by singer Avril Lavigne. The solemnity of the setting was somewhat spoiled when the Spaniard ran out on stage and tried to take the microphone away from Castellani. Of course, it was detained by representatives of security service, however this ridiculous case was remembered by athletes and guests.