The day after the Closing Ceremony and the official end of the Games was decreed by the IOC President Jacques Rogge, TOROC is back at work. While the first report cards flow in on the success of the Olympic Games, the preparations intensify for the Paralympic Games, which will be held from 10 to 19 March. Already, the dismantling of those venues which wont be used for the Paralympic Games has begun.
«We have now all enjoyed the fruits of our collective efforts over the past seven years» - said TOROC President Valentino Castellani. «We have been able to present an extraordinarily positive image of Torino, Piemonte and Italy. But the work hasnt come to an end yet we are now looking forward to the Paralympics which, as we have always said, will be the second half of this great event».
«The organisation has been able to respond to every situation that has arisen with great flexibility» emphasised the TOROC CEO Cesare Vaciago.
«In the first Olympic Winter Games organised in a metropolitan area, we are also pleased that the transport and accommodation network has functioned remarkably well» he said.
The Olympic adventure can be illustrated through a number of facts and figures which highlight the spectrum of organisational tasks undertaken for the event:
The Olympic Games have been possible thanks to the contribution of 18,000 volunteers (in addition to the 3000 volunteers for the Paralympics and 6000 volunteers for the opening and closing ceremonies) and to the efforts of 2500 TOROC staff members. Their work created the best competition conditions for 2573 athletes from 80 countries.
900,000 tickets were sold, generating 69.4 million in revenue.
930,000 spectators used the transport services to get to and from competition and training sessions, of whom 400,000 travelled to events in the mountains, and 530,000 travelled to events in the city.
Around 1200 buses were used, with an average of 5,550 trips per day. From 11-25 Febbraio, the Olympic Trains on the Torino Oulx Bardonecchia line and on the Torino - Pinerolo line, transported 290,000 patrons.
In addition to the spectators, the rest of the world watched the Games with the 1000 hours of direct broadcast provided by TOBO and also followed the Games over the internet, with a total of 667,258,000 pages viewed in just 15 days.
In terms of Games souvenirs from Torino 2006, 540,000 products were sold, generating a total revenue of 11 million.
TOROC is now working hard to make the Paralympics a success. The Committee will provide operational support to the Paralympic Games, which will see competition begin once again at the Torino Esposizioni for ice hockey, the Pinerolo Palaghiaccio for curling, Sestriere Borgata for alpine skiing and Pragelato Plan for cross-country skiing and the biathlon. Other facilities in operation for the Paralympic Games are the Torino Olympic Village, the Sestriere Olympic Village and the Sestriere Media Centre, which will be the hub for all journalists. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in the Olympic Stadium and in Piazza Castello respectively.
TOROC is also working to decommission the Olympic sites that wont be used for the Paralympic Games, particularly the removal of all the temporary structures put in place specifically for the Olympic Games.