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OLYMPIC REVIEW43BERGISEL STADIUM(OPENING CEREMONY)Bergisel Stadium will become thefirst venue to host three OlympicOpening Ceremonies when theInnsbruck 2012 festivities kick offhere on 13 January. The ski-jumping venue, which underwent comprehensivereconstruction work in 2001, towers 250 metresabove Innsbruck, offering stunning views of the city.INNSBRUCK EXHIBITION CENTRE(CURLING)This 40,000m2complex has beencompletely renovated ahead of the2012 Winter YOG and features ninemodern halls and one mainexhibition hall. As well as hostingthe curling tournament, the venue will also houseboth the Main Operations Centre and the VolunteerCentre, which will provide logistical support andrefreshments to the 1,400 Games-time volunteers. ?Left The BergiselStadium will play host to theOpening Ceremonyon 13 January

KÜHTAI(FREESTYLE SKI HALFPIPE,FREESTYLE SKIING SKI CROSS,SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE,SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE)Lying 2,020m above sea level,Kühtai is the highest winter resort in Austria. Situated only 30km fromInnsbruck, Kühtai's K-Park -Austria's biggest cross-park - willstage the freestyle ski cross, ski halfpipe, snowboardslopestyle and snowboard halfpipe events during the 2012 Winter YOG.OLYMPIAWORLD INNSBRUCK(FIGURE SKATING, SPEED SKATING,SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING,ICE HOCKEY)The Olympiahalle, the Tyrolean IceArena, the Tivoli Stadium, the TyrolSports Centre and the OlympicSliding Centre Innsbruck all mergedin 2004 to form the OlympiaworldInnsbruck complex. As well as being used during the1964 and 1976 Winter Games, the multi-purposevenues have welcomed international pop stars andhosted major events such as UEFA Euro 2008 and the2005 Ice Hockey World Championships. During theWinter YOG, figure skaters, short track skaters and icehockey players will battle it out in the Olympiahalle,while the nearby open-air Olympic Speed Skating Ovalwill host the finals of the speed skating competition.Olympiaworld Innsbruck will also serve as the MainMedia Centre during the Games.OLYMPIC SLIDING CENTREINNSBRUCK(LUGE, SKELETON, BOBSLEIGH)First constructed for the 1964Winter Games, with two individualartificial ice tracks, the OlympicSliding Centre Innsbruck - at thefoot of the Patscherkofel mountain -was completely renovated for the 1976 WinterGames, when the separate tracks were removed andreplaced with a single combined ice track. This meantthat, for the first time, the bobsleigh, luge andskeleton competitions could all be held on the samecourse. The venue now plays host to World Cupevents for all three disciplines each year.PATSCHERKOFEL(ALPINE SKIING)The Patscherkofel mountain - whichwill host all the Alpine skiing eventsduring Innsbruck 2012 - rises to aheight of 2,246m above sea leveland features a 4km-long cable car,which can travel at speeds of up to seven metres persecond, meaning it takes just 15 minutes to travel tothe upper lift station. As the venue for the men'sdownhill at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games,Patscherkofel is already steeped in Olympic history,with Austrian heroes Egon Zimmermann and FranzKlammer winning gold in 1964 and 1976 respectively.SEEFELD ARENA(SKI JUMPING, BIATHLON, CROSS-COUNTRY, NORDIC COMBINED)The Nordic events at both the 1964and 1976 Winter Games were heldin Seefeld, 20km west of Innsbruck,and the venue will once again beused during the YOG. The SeefeldNordic Centre, which staged the first Nordic Ski WorldChampionships in 1985, features a 266km cross-country trail, two newly built ski jumps and state-of-the-art biathlon facilities. ?44OLYMPIC REVIEWAbove and left Thestunning mountainregions aroundInnsbruck willhost many of theevents during the YOG