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  • Turin Olympics Test Successful


    (ATR) The first test event in the city of Turin for the 2006 Olympics was a success, organizers tell Around the Rings.

    â??Everything went well,â? is the assessment of a TOROC spokesman of the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

    The event this weekend also marked the debut of the Palavela arena after a two-year renovation.

    The organizing committee reports near-capacity crowds for the three days of competition, selling a total of 13,500 tickets. Attendance for the final night was 6,200; the Palavela can seat 8,500.

    â??Organization was without a hitch and the light show worked successfully,â? the TOROC spokesman said.

    The Palavela, rebuilt at the cost of over 50 million euros after 44 years of near-neglect, will face another important test later this month, with the European figure skating championship taking place on January 25-30.

    This weekend, the star of the show was hometown hero Fabio Carta. The 27-year old Turinese won the overall title, edging out Germanyâ??s Arian Nachbar on points. Nicola Franceschina, also Italian, got the bronze.

    Another Turinese, Marta Capurso, confirmed the cityâ??s status as the capital of Italian short track skating by placing third in the final ranking among women. Russian Tatiana Borodulina narrowly beat Bulgariaâ??s Evgenia Radanova for the European title.

    All the Olympic News of the Week in the January 21 issue of Around the Rings, for subscribers only.

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