Turin 2006 luge track closing due to high costs

Updated: October 25, 2012, 12:49 PM ET
Associated Press

CESANA TORINESE, Italy -- The luge and bobsled track built for the 2006 Turin Olympics is being dismantled because of high operating costs.

Cesana Torinese Mayor Lorenzo Colomb informed the Italian winter sports federation Thursday that the track won't host races this winter.

The facility cost $100 million to build and carries annual operating costs of $2 million. It is operated by Parcolimpico S.R.L, which controls several venues built for the 2006 Games.

The track was closed last season, but the federation helped reopen it in May. The venue was scheduled to host a luge World Cup event Dec. 1-2.

Several Olympic teams had requested to train in Cesana because the venue was similar to the track built for the 2014 Sochi Games.

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