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Lillehammer 1994 - Quick hits
- Medal hauls
Russia finished top of the medals table with a total of 23, (11 gold, 8 silver, and 4 bronze, just pipping Norway with 26 (10 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze), and Germany with 24 medals (9 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze). Italy did memorably well, winning 20 medals (7 gold, 8 silver, and 5 bronze).
- Brilliant Bonnie
After winning the 500m and 1000m, speed skater Bonnie Blair became the most successful female athlete from the United States ever, following her two gold medals at Albertville in 1992 and her single success at Calgary 88.
- Joy for Jansen...at last
Speed skater Dan Jansen's world fell apart at Calgary in 1988 when his sister died of cancer hours before his assault on the 500m and 1000m speed skating titles, the American fell in both races. Missing out on the Albertville Games he was back for Lillehammer where he won the 1000m gold.
- On our own two feet
Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, athletes from the newly independent countries of Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Belarus all won medals in Lillehammer.
- Not much in it
Canadian biathlon star Myriam Bedard, who had already won gold in the 15km discipline, also triumphed in the 7.5km race - but her winning margin was the smallest in Olympic biathlon history: 1.1 secs over second-placed Svetlana Paramygyna of Belarus and 1.2secs over the Ukrainian Valentina Tserbe.
- Sweden profits from history
Sweden became the first Scandinavian outfit to win an Olympic title in ice hockey. They were undoubtedly helped by a mediocre performance by the Russians, who were not up to the standards set by the previous mighty Soviet Union teams. Sweden beat Canada in the final after a penalty shoot-out.
- Never say never again
The ISU decided to allow professional figure skaters who had previously taken part in the Games as amateurs to appear at Lillehammer. Much to everyone's delight Viktor Petrenko (4th), Kurt Browning (5th), Brian Boitano (6th), Katarina Witt (7th), Yekaterina Gordeyeva and Sergei Grinkov (1st) and Torvill and Dean (3rd) all decided to take one last trip down memory lane.
- By a whisker
German skier Markus Wasmeier beat Swiss racer Urs Kalin by the smallest margin ever recorded at an Olympic Games. His time in the giant slalom was 0.02 secs faster than his rival.
- Just don't look at him
Dutch speed skaters had the delightful and rare privilege of skating on the same Hamar track as Prince Willem Alexander, heir to the Dutch throne.
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