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Olympic Games

XVI (16th) WINTER GAMES
ALBERTVILLE, FRANCE | February 8th - 23rd, 1992


Albertville, FRA


Albertville 1992

Albertville, France
XVIth WINTER GAMES

February 8 - 23, 1992

Mascot - Magique the Star

64 countries, 1801 athletes (488 women)

6 sports, 57 events

Opening - President Francois Mitterand

Torch lit by - Michel Platini & Francois-Cyrille Grange

Candidates: Anchorage, Berchtesgaden (GER), Cortina d'Ampezzo, Falun (SWE), Lillehammer, Sofia

16 October 1986 - 91st IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland - Albertville was elected to be the host of the XVIth Olympic Winter Games in 1992..

Round

1

2

3

4

5

6

Albertville

19

26

29

42

 

51

Anchorage

7

5

 

 

 

 

Berchtesgaden

6

 

 

 

 

 

Cortina d'Ampezzo

7

6

7

 

 

 

Falun

10

11

11

11

41

9

Lillehammer

10

11

9

11

40

 

Sofia

25

25

28

24

 

25

Political upheaval caused dramatic changes in the Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union during 1991. At the 1992 XVI Olympic Winter Games, the USSR was no more; athletes from the world's largest country now competed as a "Unified Team." With the fall of the East German regime, German athletes once again competed together under one flag, while the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia returned to the Olympics as sovereign nations after more than half a century.

Freestyle skiing, men's and women's short-track speedskating and a three-event women's biathlon were added to the Winter Games. France also joined the United States as the only nation to host an Olympic Winter Games three times.

Perhaps it was fitting that France, the birthplace of Pierre de Coubertin,the founder of the modern Olympics, was home to the first post-Cold War Games. Germany competed as one nation for the first time since 1964. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania competed under their own flags and names for the first time in more than 50 years. Five former republics of the Soviet Union competed under the name of the Unified Team, using the flag and anthem of the Olympics.

After not winning an alpine skiing medal since 1952, the Norwegians claimed four, led by Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, who won a gold in the super G and a bronze in the giant slalom.

Four cross-country skiers made headlines. Norwegian teammates Vegard Ulvang and Bjorn Daehlie each won three golds and a silver. Unified Team teammates Yelena Valbe and Lyubov Egorova teamed to win ten medals, but it was Egorova who was the brighter of the two stars, winning three golds and two silvers, to Valbe's four bronzes and a gold.

The U.S. hockey team enjoyed its best performance since 1980, finishing fourth. Kristi Yamaguchi became the first U.S. woman to claim gold in ladies' figure skating since Dorothy Hamill. Viktor Petrenko of the Unified Team won the men's figure skating gold, with American Paul Wylie earning silver.

The disappointment of Calgary that Dan Jansen suffered was extended when tentative performances left him without a medal for another Olympics. Particularly difficult to swallow was his fourth-place finish in the 500m, as he was the world-record holder. Once again Bonnie Blair carried the spirits of the U.S. speed skating team, defending her Olympic gold in the 500m and taking a gold in the 1,000m.

Germany topped the medals table with 26.

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BIATHLON

3

2

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

       

6

BOBSLED

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

1

2

ICE HOCKEY

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

1

LUGE

2

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

3

SKATING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

Figure Skating

 

3

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

       

4

Short Track Speed Skating

 

  

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

2

 

1

   

4

Speed Skating

5

  

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

       

10

SKIING

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

Alpine Skiing

 

  

2

3

 

3

 

 

1

 

   

1

 

10

Cross-Country Skiing

 

3

5

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

       

10

Freestyle Skiing

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

       

2

Nordic Combined

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

     

2

Ski Jumping

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

       

3

TOTAL

10

9

9

6

5

4

3

3

2

2

1

1

1

1

57

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
(11 new events, 1 event converted to pursuit; 2 new disciplines)
(31 Men, 23 Women, 3 Combined Events)

BIATHLON
M\10km: Mark Kirchner, Germany
M\20km: Evgeny Redkine, Unified Team
M\4x7.5km Relay: Germany
W\7.5km: Antissa Restzova, Unified Team
W\15km: Antje Misersky, Germany
W\3x7.5km: France

BOBSLEIGH
M\Two-Man: Gustav Weder/Donat Acklin, Switzerland
M\Four-Man: Austria

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Unified Team

LUGE
M\Single: Georg Hackl, Germany
M\Double: Stefan Krausse/Jan Behrendt, Germany
W\Single: Doris Neuner, Austria 

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING
M\Downhill: Patrick Ortlieb, Austria
M\Slalom: Finn Christian Jagge, Norway
M\Giant Slalom: Alberto Tomba, Italy
M\Super Giant Slalom: Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway
M\Combined: Josef Polig, Italy
W\Downhill: Kerrin Lee Gartner, Canada
W\Slalom: Petra Kronberger, Austria
W\Giant Slalom: Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden
W\Super Giant Slalom: Deborah Compagnoni, Italy
W\Combined: Petra Kronberger, Austria

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING


M\10km classical: Vegard Ulvang, Norway
M\15km freestyle/pursuit: Bjorn Daehlie, Norway
M\30km classical: Vegard Ulvang, Norway
M\50km classical: Bjorn Daehlie, Norway
M\4x10km Relay: Norway
W\5km classical: Marjut Lukkarinen, Finland
W\10km freestyle/pursuit: Lyubov Egorova, Unified Team
W\15km classical: Lyubov Egorova, Unified Team
W\30km freestyle: Stefania Belmondo, Italy
W\4x5km Relay: Unified Team

FREESTYLE SKIING (NEW)
M\Moguls: Edgar Grospiron, France
W\Moguls: Donna Weinbrecht, United States 

NORDIC COMBINED
Individual: Fabrice Guy, France
Team: Japan

SKI JUMPING
M\K-90 Individual: Ernst Vettori, Austria
M\K-120 Individual: Toni Nieminen, Finland
M\K-120 Team: Finland

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
M\Singles: Viktor Petrenko, Unified Team
W\Singles: Kristi Yamaguchi, United States
Pairs: Natalya Mishkutenok/Artur Dmitriev, Unified Team
Ice-Dancing: Marina Klimova/Sergei Ponomarenko, EUN

SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING (NEW)
M\1000m: Ki-Hoon Kim, South Korea
M\5000m Relay: South Korea
W\500m: Cathy Turner, United States
W\3000m Relay: Canada

SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Uwe-Jens Mey, Germany
M\1000m: Olaf Zinke, Germany
M\1500m: Johann Koss, Norway
M\5000m: Geir Karlstad, Norway
M\10000m: Bart Veldkamp, Netherlands
W\500m: Bonnie Blair, United States
W\1000m: Bonnie Blair, United States
W\1500m: Jacqueline Boerner, Germany
W\3000m: Gunda Niemann, Germany
W\5000m: Gunda Niemann, Germany

 

COUNTRY

G

S

B

TTL

Germany

10

10

6

26

Unified Team

9

6

8

23

Austria

6

7

8

21

Norway

9

6

5

20

Italy

4

6

4

14

United States

5

4

2

11

France

3

5

1

9

Finland

3

1

3

7

Canada

2

3

2

7

Japan

1

2

4

7

South Korea

2

1

1

4

Netherlands

1

1

2

4

Sweden

1

0

3

4

Switzerland

1

0

2

3

China

0

3

0

3

Czechoslovakia

0

0

3

3

Luxembourg

0

2

0

2

New Zealand

0

1

0

1

North Korea

0

0

1

1

Spain

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

57

58

56

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