Torino won the final voting./ 53 votes/ The capital of Italy - Rome. Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC. Rome is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. It is referred to as "The Eternal City", a notion expressed by ancient Roman poets and writers A record 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) entered athletes at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. This was an increase of two from the 78 represented at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants that NOC contributed. It was the first appearance for Albania, Ethiopia and Madagascar. It was the only appearance at the Winter Olympics for Serbia and Montenegro, coming between their change of name in 2003 and Montenegro's vote for independence in May. The author of the pattern became the Portuguese designer Pedro Albuquerque, who along with other 200 artists participated in the international competition, announced by the organizing committee "Torino 2006". The non-team scoring a landslide victory won the German national team - in its active 29 medals, 11 of them - gold. In second place came the U.S. team - 25 medals (9 gold), the third - Team Austria - 23 medals (9 gold). Russian team performed better than the last Olympics in Salt Lake City, earning 22 medals (8 gold), but overall the top three winners are not entered, finishing fourth.