March 10, 2006 Features & Images » Feature Story

Scenes from the Games 

From colliding buses, empty seats, the log man, and O Solo Mio, Pique editor Bob Barnett observes lessons learned for Whistler from the 2006 Winter Olympics.

click to flip through (4) Italian fans cheer at the women's downhill in San Sicario.
  • Italian fans cheer at the women's downhill in San Sicario.
     

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Bardonecchia is a town where Le Vie Del Gusto has probably thrived since long before the Games, and will continue to thrive long after the Games.

But Riccardo, like other business owners in Bardonecchia, also seems to have embraced whatever opportunities the 17 days of the Olympics may have brought. There is a sign on his door welcoming people in six languages, and another thanking people for participating in the XX Olympic Winter Games. They are mass-produced signs, seen on other businesses in Bardonecchia, but they have an impact on visitors.

Riccardo probably hasn’t changed how he does business. He is obviously proud of the food and wine produced in Piedmont and loves to help people from around the world enjoy them.

Has he inflated his prices for the Olympics? It’s impossible to know, but the suspicion is he is going about his business as usual, and residents of Bardonecchia wouldn’t let him do otherwise.

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