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Photos: On the ground at the Olympics

Couldn't score a ticket to Turin? Spectators armed with cameras take you along to the slopes and ice rinks of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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Poster

Couldn't score a ticket to Turin? Spectators armed with cameras take you along to the slopes and ice arenas of the 2006 Winter Olympics. This picture was taken in Turin near Piazza San Carlo. The slogan translates to: "The Olympics are here."

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Curling rink

Here, the curling rink, where America lost to North American rival Canada in the semifinals. A medal in Turin would have been a first for American curling.

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Curling rink

The curling rink. Curling originated in the 16th century in Scotland, where games were played during winter on frozen ponds, lochs and marshes.

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Olympic village

Snow shrouds the Olympic village in Turin, Italy.

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Ski slopes

A sunlit view of the ski slopes at the 2006 Winter Olympics. On Wednesday, Alpine skier Anja Paerson won the women's slalom, giving Sweden its fourth gold of the games and its 10th medal overall.

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Skating rink

The speed-skating rink has been the hub of much Olympics excitement. In the men's competition, Italian Enrico Fabris won the gold in the men's 1,500 meter, besting Americans Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick, who settled for silver and bronze, respectively. Both American athletes, however, won gold medals earlier.

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Turin

Visitors to the 2006 Winter Olympics enjoyed views of snow-covered mountains.

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Bobsled run

The bobsled track, where U.S. athletes Valerie Fleming and Shauna Rohbock sped their way to a silver medal in women's bobsled on Tuesday.

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Water on lens

Water streaks the camera lens in this distant view of the Olympic Village in Turin, Italy.

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Opening ceremonies

More than 2,500 athletes arrived at opening ceremonies in Turin to beats ranging from "YMCA" by the Village People to "I Will Survive," by Gloria Gaynor.

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