Date: April 1, 2006

After seven years of preparation, 17 days of non-stop activity and 1,026 medals, the Torino (Turin, Italy) XX Olympic Winter Games drew to a close Feb. 26 with relief from organizers. The games were 'truly magnificent' commented International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge at the visually extravagant closing ceremony.

"You have succeeded brilliantly in meeting your challenge," he told the organizers. "It was much more of a success than I tho...

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