These games will be most remembered for their historical significance as it marked the last time that the Winter and Summer Games were staged in the same year. In addition, freestyle mogul skiing and women's biathlon both made their debut as official medal disciplines, while the freestyle disciplines of ballet and aerials still remained demonstration events together with speed skiing, which emerged in the late 70s in Italy.
The 11 member cross country team included Angela Schmidt-Foster participating in her 4th consecutive Winter Olympics.
With perfect shooting results, Myriam Bédard exceeded the nordic team's modest goals by winning a bronze medal in the women's 15km biathlon race, along with a 12th place in the 7.5km event. On the men's side, Steve Cyr skied superbly to place a surprising 8th in the 10km biathlon event.
Canada's alpine teams experienced both frustration and joy. Bad luck plagued the men's team as four of the six skiers, Rob Crossan, Cary Mullen, Edi Podivinsky and Brian Stemmle, fell in training sessions. Podivinsky's injuries forced him to abandon his medal quest. The women's team fared no better. Kate Pace was hurt prior to the Games as was Lucie LaRoche, who postponed surgery in order to compete, but was injured again in a downhill practice run and ultimately withdrew from competition.
Frustration turned to joy when Kerrin Lee-Gartner won gold, skiing the technically difficult 'Roc de Fer' downhill course with an all-or-nothing determination. It was a first for Canada in the Games' premiere event.
Opening date: February 8, 1992
Closing date: February 23, 1992
Candidate cities: Anchorage (USA), Berchtesgaden (GER), Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA), Lillehammer (NOR), Falun (SWE), Sofia (BUL)
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