Italy’s top bobsleigh, skeleton and luge racers are set to step up their preparations for the new season by training on the track used at Turin 2006.
The Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) has struck an agreement with Parcolimpico SRL, the management company of Cesana Pariol, which hosted Olympic competitions 14 years ago.
The World Cup teams in the three disciplines are set to enjoy exclusive use of the venue until October 1 for what is viewed as a decisive phase in their preparation.
Skeleton racers Manuel Schwaerzer, Mattia Gaspari, Valentina Margaglio, Alessia Crippa, Gabriele Marenchino, Pietro Drovanti, Alessandra Fumagalli, Elena Scarpellini, Marvin Moscara and Francesco Pellicani are expected to get the first use of the track.
They will train under the guidance of technical director Maurizio Oioli and coaches Milko Campus and Andrea Gallina.
FISI President Flavio Roda said: "The agreement allows us to have a training center in Italy in a particularly important period of the season to refine the preparation.
"The bobsleigh, luge and skeleton athletes will have the opportunity to train profitably.
"Thank you to Parcolimpico SRL for the availability shown and I hope there will be further forms of collaboration in the future."
Armin Zöggeler, technical director of the Italian luge team, is delighted to return to Cesana Pariol where he won Olympic and world titles.
"This track has given me fantastic emotions and indelible memories," Zöggeler said.
Daniele Donati, general manager of Parcolimpico Srl, added: "We are proud to be able to give the athletes of the Italian national teams the opportunity to perform part of their training in Cesana Pariol in view of the upcoming racing season.
"The training facility has always had a fundamental technical value in sports terms and for this reason it has been maintained over the years in full functional efficiency."