Since most of us will be watching the upcoming Winter Games on TV, we thought we'd give you a taste of what it would feel like to be in Torino, Italy, so we've updated Google Earth and Google Local with high resolution imagery of the surrounding area. Once you have Google Earth installed, you can click on the following KMZ file, which will load placemarks for all the major venues in the Torino area.

To really appreciate the scenery, make sure you enable the Terrain layer and take advantage of the tilt view control in Google Earth:

For example, here's the mountain behind Sestriere where some of the alpine skiing events will occur:

We've also generated street maps for Torino, which are available in the Google Maps API for those of you interested in creating mashups for the Winter Games.

Update: Reposted with correct date/time.