Torino was the host of the 2006 Winter Olympics, which is officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games. The games were held from February 10, 2006 through February 26, 2006. They marked the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games. The official logo displayed the name "Torino", the Italian name of the city, but the city is known as "Turin" in both English and the local language, Piedmontese. The Olympic mascots of Torino 2006 were Neve ("snow" in Italian), a female snowball and Gliz, a male ice cube. The official motto of the XX Olympic Winter Games was "Passion lives here."