Salt Lake City 2002, Salt Lake City Links.
XIX Winter Olympic Games.
Salt Lake City welcomed some 2,350 athletes from 77 countries; for
a winter sporting bonanza spanning 17 days.
The Olympic programme had now grown to 78 events; with the return of
skeleton and the introduction of bobsleigh for women.
There was a first Winter Olympic gold medal for China and Vonetta
Flowers became the first black athlete to earn Winter gold; by coming first in the
In ice hockey, Jarome Iginla joined her by becoming the first black
male to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
When the German women secured relay gold at the second consectutive
Winter Olympics, Ursula Disl
(who already had four silver and three bronze medals) brought her total to eight; more
medals than anyone else had won in the Olympic biathlon.
Norway's Ole Einar
Bjoerndalen won gold medals in all four biathlon events to take his total to seven.
Women competed in bobsleigh for the first time; with the gold medal
going to USA's Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers. German pairs came in second and third.
The skeleton event was only run twice before being reintroduced in
2002; both times in its ancestral home - St. Moritz 1928
and St. Moritz 1948.
Canada took gold in both the men's and women's ice hockey.
A silver medal in singles luge made Germany's Georg Hackl
the first person in Olympic history to earn a medal in the same individual event five
times in a row.
Pechstein earned her third straight gold medal in the 5,000m speed skating event and
finished first in the 3,000m as well.
The Mass Start event was introduced to cross-country skiing and the
Sprint event was added to the Nordic Combined.
Lajunen earned a clean sweep in all three Nordic combined competitions.
In Alpine Skiing, Croatia's Janica
Kostelic won three gold medals and one silver; and Switzerland's Simon Ammann
took two gold medals back to the Alps, from both individual (70m and 90m) ski jump events.
surprised even the Swiss when he brought home gold medals from both ski jumping events.
Parallel giant slalom replaced the individual giant slalom in
Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling,
Ice Hockey, Luge,
Deer Valley Resort:
Deer Valley Resort was the site of the 2002 Olympic slalom, mogul and aerial events.
Six days of Olympic events were held at Park City Mountain Resort, including the alpine
giant slalom competition, the snowboarding parallel giant slalom and the snowboarding
Visitor information for Salt Lake City.
Snowbasin was the only Olympic venue where you could cheer on the athletes without an
Olympic ticket. To get good views of the Downhill and Super G slopes, you would have
needed a lift ticket though - and possibly a pair of skis.
Utah Transit Authority:
Utah bus and trax schedules online as well as possible route changes and detours.
More Utah travel information and links @ 1800-UStravel.com.
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