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Olympic Games

XVII (17th) WINTER GAMES
LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY | February 12th - 27th, 1994


Lillehammer, NOR


Lillehammer 1994

Lillehammer, Norway
XVIIth WINTER GAMES

February 12 - 27, 1994

Mascot - Kristin & Haakon

67 countries, 1739 athletes (522 women)

6 sports, 61 events

Opening - King Harald V

Torch lit by - Prince Haakon

Candidates: Anchorage, Ostersund (SWE), Sofia

15 September 1988 - 94th IOC Session in Seoul, South Korea - Lillehammer was elected to be the host of the XVIIth Olympic Winter Games in 1994.

Round

1

2

3

Anchorage

23

22

 

Lillehammer

25

30

45

Oestersund/Are

19

33

39

Sofia

17

 

 

At the seventh edition of the Winter Olympic Games Oslo had showed what great organizational ability the Norwegians had. Nobody thought they would be able to do better but, for the eighteenth edition, Lillehammer succeeded in showing us Norway’s heart and soul. The Games were held only two years after the Albertville ones because the had IOC decided that the winter and summer Games should be two years apart. Norway seized the opportunity to offer us the most beautiful edition ever.

The opening ceremony - not by any means simple yet not "American style" - gave a wonderful summary of thousands of years of history. The actress, Liv Ulmann, whose face the great director Ingmar Bergman preferred, tells a child the story of his people through the Trolls, small, horrible but good-natured Nordic gnomes. The simplicity of the decor ignored the fact that there were millions of people watching it live on television. And that was not all: just imagine, ninety thousand anemones were brought into the great jumping square of Lillehammer for the ceremony and the plants were not destroyed afterwards but replanted elsewhere. The King took the oath while a jumper carried the flame to the Olympic brazier.

During the weeks leading up to the Games, excessive public interest was generated by the vicious attack on American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, and the subsequent news that teammate Tonya Harding was involved. When all was said and done in ladies' figure skating, it was Ukrainian Oksana Baiul that won gold, barely edging out Kerrigan. Harding finished in eighth place and has not competed since.

The biggest winner of the Lillehammer Games was Italian Manuela Di Centa who won five medals in cross-country skiing. Russian nordic skier Lyubov Egorova won three more golds and a silver to bring her total to a record-tying six golds.

Gustav Weder and Donat Acklin of Switzerland became the first men to successfully defend a two-man bobsled title, and German four-man bobsled veteran Wolfgang Hoppe medaled in his fourth consecutive Games, also a record.

Speed skater Bonnie Blair also set a record with her third consecutive 500m gold, and Dan Jansen finally won a gold in his final chance in the 1,000m -- setting a world record in the process -- after stumbling and failing to medal in the 500m. Neither of these achievements could overshadow the remarkable speed skating of Norwegian Johann Olav Koss, who won three gold medals, all in world-record times.

In hockey, the United States and Russia suffered early losses, and Sweden surprised Canada in the final to take the gold.

In the year that the Games came to Norway, the Norwegians returned to the top of the medals table with 26. 

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6 sports, 61 events

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BIATHLON

3

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

6

BOBSLED

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

ICE HOCKEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

LUGE

 

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

SKATING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure Skating (UKR)

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Short Track Speed Skating

 

 

 

1

1

4

 

 

 

 

6

Speed Skating

2

3

1

 

3

 

 

 

1

 

10

SKIING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpine Skiing

 

1

3

1

2

 

 

1

1

1

10

Cross-Country Skiing (KAZ)

3

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Freestyle Skiing (UZB)

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

4

Nordic Combined (JPN)

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Ski Jumping

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

TOTAL

11

10

9

7

6

4

3

3

2

2

61

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
(4 new events)
(34 Men, 25 Women, 2 Combined Events)

BIATHLON
M\10km: Sergei Tchepikov, Russia
M\20km: Sergei Tarasov, Russia
M\4x7.5km Relay: Germany
W\7.5km: Myriam Bedard, Canada
W\15km: Myriam Bedard, Canada
W\4x7.5km: Russia

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

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Sweden

LUGE
M\Single: Georg Hackl, Germany
O\Double: Kurt Brugger/Wilfried Huber, Italy
W\Single: Gerda Weissensteiner, Italy

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING
M\Downhill: Tommy Moe, United States
M\Slalom: Thomas Stangassinger, Austria
M\Giant Slalom: Markus Wasmeier, Germany
M\Super Giant Slalom: Markus Wasmeier, Germany
M\Combined: Lasse Kjus, Norway
W\Downhill: Katja Seizinger, Germany
W\Slalom: Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
W\Giant Slalom: Deborah Compagnoni, Italy
W\Super Giant Slalom: Diann Roffe, United States
W\Combined: Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING


M\10km classical: Bjorn Daehlie, Norway
M\15km freestyle/pursuit: Bjorn Daehlie, Norway
M\30km freestyle: Thomas Alsgaard, Norway
M\50km classical: Vladimir Smirnov, Kazakhstan
M\4x10km Relay: Italy
W\5km classical: Lyubov Egorova, Russia
W\10km freestyle/pursuit: Lyubov Egorova, Russia
W\15km freestyle: Manuela Di Centa, Italy
W\30km classical: Julija Tchepalova, Russia
W\4x5km Relay: Russia

FREESTYLE SKIING
M\Aerials: Andreas SCHÖNBÄCHLER, Switzerland
M\Moguls: Jean-Luc Brassard, Canada
W\Aerials: Lina Cheryazova, Uzbekistan
W\Moguls: Stine Lise Hattestad, Norway 

NORDIC COMBINED
Individual: Fred Boerre Lundberg, Norway
Team: Japan

SKI-JUMPING
M\K-90 Individual: Espen Bredesen, Norway
M\K-120 Individual: Jens Wiessflog, Germany
M\K-120 Team: Germany

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
M\Singles: Aleksei Urmanov, Russia
W\Singles: Oksana Baiul, Ukraine
Pairs: Ekaterina Gordeeva/Sergei Grinkov, Russia
Ice-Dancing: Oksana Grichtchuk/Yevgeny Platov, Russia

SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Ji-Hoon Chae, South Korea
M\1000m: Ki-Hoon Kim, South Korea
M\5000m Relay: Italy
W\500m: Cathy Turner, United States
W\1000m: Lee-Kyung Chun, South Korea
W\3000m Relay: South Korea

SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Aleksandr Golubev, Russia
M\1000m: Daniel Jansen, United States
M\1500m: Johann Koss, Norway
M\5000m: Johann Koss, Norway
M\10000m: Johann Koss, Norway
W\500m: Bonnie Blair, United States
W\1000m: Bonnie Blair, United States
W\1500m: Emese Hunyady, Austria
W\3000m: Svetlana Bazhanova, Russia
W\5000m: Claudia Pechstein, Germany

 

COUNTRY

G

S

B

TTL

Norway

10

11

5

26

Germany

9

7

8

24

Russia

11

8

4

23

Italy

7

5

8

20

United States

6

5

2

13

Canada

3

6

4

13

Switzerland

3

4

2

9

Austria

2

3

4

9

South Korea

4

1

1

6

Finland

0

1

5

6

Japan

1

2

2

5

France

0

1

4

5

Netherlands

0

1

3

4

Sweden

2

1

0

3

Kazakhstan

1

2

0

3

China

0

1

2

3

Slovenia

0

0

3

3

Ukraine

1

0

1

2

Belarus

0

2

0

2

Uzbekistan

1

0

0

1

Australia

0

0

1

1

Great Britain

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

61

61

61

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