Italy at the Olympics

Although the Italian National Olympic Committee was only formed in 1908 and officially recognized in 1913, Italy is one of the few countries that have been to all of the Summer and Winter Olympics. They also rank one of the top five countries in all of the Olympic games when it comes to gold medal count and one of the top six countries on the sheer number of Olympic medals earned.

Italy has also hosted a number of the Games themselves. The first of these was the 1956 Winter Games which they hosted in Cortina d'Ampezzo. That year, they won a gold and two silver medals from the Winter Games making them 8th overall from a total of 32 participating nations in the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games.

The next Olympic Game they hosted was the 1960 Summer Games which was held on Rome. They were also one of the most dominating teams that year raking in 36 Olympic medals that included 13 gold medals making them the 3rd overall from a pool of 83 participating countries.

And then in 2006, Italy hosted the Winter Games in Turin where they also were one of the top 10 teams, 9th to be exact, taking home a total of 11 Olympic medals. Italy is indeed one of the forces to be reckoned with in the Olympic Games and that doesn't look like it will change any time soon.

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