At the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin future French First Lady Carla Bruni played a starring role. She appeared in a section of the event which paid tribute to the Italian flag. Bruni, a former model and well-known singer, followed 26 Olympic medallists in white suits and gowns marching in two files into the Stadio Olimpico Bruni wore a sparkling gown by Giorgio Armani, inspired by crystal and ice. She met French President Nicolas Sarkozy the following year and they married in February 2008.
René Fasel is the only candidate standing for the IIHF Presidency ahead of elections on May 19 but with NHL participation at the Winter Olympics in doubt, he cannot afford to rest on his laurels. Nick Butler catches up with the Swiss ahead of the men's World Championships in Russia.