Wednesday, February 08, 2017

on this day in...

start with 1984 with the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia & Herzegovena). Juri Franco won Yugoslavia's first Olympic medal - a silver in the giant slalom. Gaetan Boucher of Canada and Karin Enke of East Germany each won two golds - both in speed skating. Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway won the complete set of medals (gold, silver and bronze) in biathlon and and Phil and Steve Mahre of the U.S. won gold and silver in the slalom. Egypt, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Senegal and the British Virgin Islands were at their first games. these were the last games to go 11 days (expanded to 16 starting in 1988). Canada won 4 medals (2g, 1s, 1b) at these games. in 1992 the winter games were held in Albertville, France. this was the last year the winter and summer games were held in the same year. the 1994 games were the first games held on alternating even numbered years. Kristi Yamaguchi of the U.S. and Midori Ito of Japan became first persons of Asian descent to win a medal in figure skating, winning gold and silver respectively. Ito was the first woman to land a triple axle in Olympic competition. speed skating was held outdoors for the last time here. they have been indoors since. short track speed skating, moguls and women's biathlon were added to these games. curling, ski ballet, aerials and speed skiing were discontinued as demonstration sports. curling was added as a medal event in 1998, while the Aerials were added in 1994. Canada won 7 medals at these games (2g, 3s, 2b). in 2002 the Salt Lake games were held. 78 nations were at these games. Canada won both mens and womens hockey gold - the men ended a 50 year drought when they won. Skeleton was contested at the games for the first time since 1928. China won its first and second Winter Olympic golds. both by Yang Yang (A). Canada won 17 medals (7g, 3s and 7b). below is the logos for these games listed.

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