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1994 Lillehammer Winter Games

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway (February 12, 1994 to February 27, 1994)
Opening Ceremony: February 12, 1994 (opened by King Harald)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Vegard Ulvang (athlete) and Kari Kåring (official)
Closing Ceremony: February 27, 1994
Events: 61 in 12 sports

Participants: 1,738 (1,215 men and 522 women) from 67 countries
Youngest Participant: KOR Kim Yun-Mi (13 years, 85 days)
Oldest Participant: SMR Dino Crescentini (46 years, 151 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Manuela Di Centa (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): NOR Norway (26 medals)

Overview

Before the Lillehammer Olympics began, they were haunted by tragedy and controversy. There was the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding story, in which Harding's bodyguard and ex-husband admitted to attacking Kerrigan prior to the U.S. Olympic Trials, a story which was ubiquitous in the U.S. press and television. Two weeks before the Olympics, skiing medal favorite Ulrike Maier of Austria was killed when she fell and broke her neck in a downhill race. U.S. ice dancer Elizabeth Punsalan's father was savagely stabbed to death one week before the Olympics; allegedly by her brother and his son. For the Norwegians, they were stunned in October 1993 when their greatest sporting hero, Vegard Ulvang, tragically lost his brother [Kjetil], who was killed in the Arctic wilderness while skiing. They also had to deal with the death of the Norwegian ski coach in December 1993. Finally, only days before the Games, Ole Gunnar Fidjestøl, the Norwegian ski jumper who was to ski jump the torch into the stadium at the opening ceremonies, crashed during a practice jump, sustaining a concussion. He had to be replaced by his understudy, Stein Gruben. Lillehammer seemed to be cursed.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 10 11 5 26
2 Germany 9 7 8 24
3 Russia 11 8 4 23
4 Italy 7 5 8 20
5 United States 6 5 2 13
6 Canada 3 6 4 13
7 Switzerland 3 4 2 9
8 Austria 2 3 4 9
9 South Korea 4 1 1 6
10 Finland 0 1 5 6
11 Japan 1 2 2 5
12 France 0 1 4 5
13 Netherlands 0 1 3 4
14 Sweden 2 1 0 3
15 Kazakhstan 1 2 0 3
16 China 0 1 2 3
17 Slovenia 0 0 3 3
18 Ukraine 1 0 1 2
19 Belarus 0 2 0 2
20 Great Britain 0 0 2 2
21 Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1
22 Australia 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Manuela Di Centa (ITA) 2 2 1 5
2 Lyubov Yegorova (RUS) 3 1 0 4
3 Bjørn Dæhlie (NOR) 2 2 0 4
4 Johann Olav Koss (NOR) 3 0 0 3
5 Vladimir Smirnov (KAZ) 1 2 0 3
6 Vreni Schneider (SUI) 1 1 1 3
7 Sergey Tarasov (RUS) 1 1 1 3
8 Kjetil André Aamodt (NOR) 0 2 1 3
9 Mika Myllylä (FIN) 0 1 2 3
10 Myriam Bédard (CAN) 2 0 0 2
11 Bonnie Blair (USA) 2 0 0 2
12 Jeon I-Gyeong (KOR) 2 0 0 2
13 Markus Wasmeier (GER) 2 0 0 2
14 Jens Weißflog (GER) 2 0 0 2
15 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady (AUT) 1 1 0 2
16 Donat Acklin (SUI) 1 1 0 2
17 Thomas Alsgaard (NOR) 1 1 0 2
18 Espen Bredesen (NOR) 1 1 0 2
19 Chae Ji-Hun (KOR) 1 1 0 2
20 Sergey Chepikov (RUS) 1 1 0 2
21 Ricco Groß (GER) 1 1 0 2
22 Takanori Kono (JPN) 1 1 0 2
23 Frank Luck (GER) 1 1 0 2
24 Fred Børre Lundberg (NOR) 1 1 0 2
25 Tommy Moe (USA) 1 1 0 2
26 Mirko Vuillermin (ITA) 1 1 0 2
27 Gustav Weder (SUI) 1 1 0 2
28 Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS) 1 0 1 2
29 Kim So-Hui (KOR) 1 0 1 2
30 Claudia Pechstein (GER) 1 0 1 2
31 Cathy Turner (USA) 1 0 1 2
32 Marco Albarello (ITA) 1 0 1 2
33 Silvio Fauner (ITA) 1 0 1 2
34 Sven Fischer (GER) 1 0 1 2
35 Dieter Thoma (GER) 1 0 1 2
36 Nathalie Lambert (CAN) 0 2 0 2
37 Kjell Storelid (NOR) 0 2 0 2
38 Anne Briand-Bouthiaux (FRA) 0 1 1 2
39 Uschi Disl (GER) 0 1 1 2
40 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann (GER) 0 1 1 2
41 Sergey Klevchenya (RUS) 0 1 1 2
42 Rintje Ritsma (NED) 0 1 1 2
43 Sture Sivertsen (NOR) 0 1 1 2
44 Bjarte Engen Vik (NOR) 0 1 1 2
45 Stefania Belmondo (ITA) 0 0 2 2
46 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen (FIN) 0 0 2 2
47 Isolde Kostner (ITA) 0 0 2 2
48 Amy Peterson (USA) 0 0 2 2
49 Andi Goldberger (AUT) 0 0 2 2

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