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Venue guide: Sestriere

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The high-altitude ski resort of Sestriere in the Milky Way region will be one of two venues for the alpine skiing disciplines in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

The Sestriere events will be split between Borgata and Colle, both at about 2,035m.

Sestriere will host many of the alpine skiing events
Did you know? Sestriere has a floodlit piste for night races

The former will host the men's super-G, downhill and downhill combined, while Sestriere Colle will stage the men's and women's slalom and giant slalom.

Sestriere was developed by Fiat car boss Giovanni Agnelli in the 1930s and is the Alps' first pupose-built resort.

The Sestriere Borgata venue is about two kilometres away from Sestriere, and is linked to Colle by chairlifts.

The Games' blue-riband event, the men's downhill, will be raced on the Kandahar Banchetta piste.

The course begins with brief flat sections linked by technical turns before it plunges into woods where it becomes steeper and faster.



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