Situated just north of Norway's capital city of Oslo in the breathtaking Gudbrandsdalen valley, the city of Lillehammer hosted the XVII Winter Olympics. Labelled as the "White-Green Games" to acknowledge the organization's respect for the Earth's environment, the Lillehammer Games would be the first to be separated from the Summer Games by two years, following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to change the Olympic schedule.
Canada's prospects looked promising when Edi Podivinsky won a bronze medal in downhill on the first day of competition. In the alpine combined event, he skied strongly to try and capture his second medal but placed 5th.
Only one Canadian, Dany Bouchard, made the selection for cross country and was accompanied by '92 Olympian, Alain Masson, the team wax technician.
Freestyler Jean-Luc Brassard included his famous Cossack jump in a near-perfect mogul run which earned him the gold medal. The aerial events provided dazzling entertainment and exciting accomplishments for Canada as Philippe Laroche won silver, and Lloyd Langloiswon bronze. Equally commendable were Canada's other placings in the top-six, with Andy Capicik (4th) and Nicolas Fontaine (6th). In the women's competition, Caroline Olivier placed a very respectable eighth.
In the women's 15km biathlon event, Myriam Bédard skiing smoothly and missing just two targets on the firing range, finished 46 seconds ahead of her closest competitor to take the gold medal. Five days later, with one of her skis waxed incorrectly, she skied and shot brilliantly in the 7.5km biathlon race to win her second Olympic gold medal.
Opening date: February 12, 1994
Closing date: February 27, 1994
Candidate cities: Anchorage (USA), Oestersund/Are (SWE), Sofia (BUL)
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