Northern Italy was selected Monday as the site of the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The Games will be co-hosted by Milan and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Italy’s bid was chosen over Stockholm and Are, Sweden, in a vote of 47-34, by the International Olympic Committee.
Many anticipated Italy to win the bid in light of broad public support and the willingness of government officials to negotiate the terms.
Olympic officials also see Italy as a way of pumping new life into the Games, which have suffered from high costs and waning ratings.
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