In 1995, after almost three decades of trying, Salt Lake City was finally chosen to host the XVIV Olympic Winter Games achieving an overwhelming 54 votes out of 89 cast. Prior to the Games, allegations of bribery in the selection process were finally resolved with the resignation of several IOC members and the reorganization of policies and procedures for host cities.
The alpine teams' performances failed to meet their own expectations although there were several encouraging top-15 finishes: Mélanie Turgeon's 8th place in downhill; Jean-Phillipe Roy's 8th in alpine combined; Geneviève Simard's 7th in alpine combined; Thomas Grandi's 12th in giant slalom; Allison Forsyth's 7th in giant slalom.
Olympic medals were won for the first time by Canadian female freestyle aerialists with outstanding perfomances by Veronica Brenner (silver medal) and Deidra Dionne (bronze medal). Reigning World Champion, Veronika Bauer, struggled on her second jump and finished 10th overall. Results from the men's aerials events were no less impressive with Jeff Bean (4th), Andy Capicik (8th) and Steve Omischl (11th). In men's freestyle moguls competition, Canada placed three athletes in the top-15: Scott Bellavance (6th); Ryan Johnson (7th); Stéphane Rochon (15). In women's moguls, Jennifer Heil missed a bronze medal by a mere 1/100th of a second to finish 4th, while her teammates Kelly Ringstad and Tami Bradley finished 13th and 14th respectively.
By edging out her nearest competitor by just 11/100ths of a point in the 5km freestyle pursuit event, Beckie Scott won bronze to become Canada's first cross country Olympic medalist. During two years of appeal deliberations, her bronze medal was subsequently upgraded to silver then gold.
Opening date: February 8, 2002
Closing date: February 24, 2002
Candidate cities: Östersund (SWE), Quebec (CAN), Sion (SUI)
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