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2002 Winter Olympics
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2002 Winter Olympics

The 2002 Olympic Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Other candidate cities were Quebec, Canada; Sion, Switzerland; and Ístersund, Sweden.

Games of the XIX Winter Olympiad
Nations participating78
Athletes participating2,527
Opening ceremoniesFebruary 8, 2002
Closing ceremoniesFebruary 24, 2002
Officially opened byPresident George W. Bush
Athlete's OathJim Shea, USA
Judge's Oath:Allen Church
Olympic TorchMembers of the 1980 USA
men's ice hockey team, led by
team captain Mike Eruzione

Table of contents
1 Highlights
2 Medals awarded
3 Medal count
4 See also
5 External links
6 Bibliography


Prior to these Olympic Winter Games, a number of I.O.C members were forced to resign after it was uncovered that they had accepted inappropriately valuable gifts in return for voting for Salt Lake City to hold the Games. New IOC president Jacques Rogge and new CEO of the Salt Lake Games Mitt Romney then staged the Games and contended with the public opinion backlash due to the scandal. The September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack also required a higher level of security than ever before provided for an Olympiad.

Controversies continued into the Games. In the first week the pairs figure skating competition resulted in the French judge's scores being thrown out and the Canadian team of SalÚ and Pelletier being awarded a second gold medal. Athletes in short-track speed skating and cross-country skiing were disqualified for various reasons as well (including doping), leading Russia and South Korea to file protests and threaten to withdraw from competition.

Competition highlights were biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen;, winning gold in all four men's events (10 k, 12.5 k, 20 k, 4 x 7.5 relay), Simon Ammann of Switzerland taking the double in ski jumping, and alpine skier Janica Kostelic winning three golds and a silver (the first Winter Olympic medals ever for an athlete from Croatia).

Skeleton returned as a medal sport in the 2002 Games for the first time since 1948.

A feature of these Games has been the emergence of the so-called "extreme" sports, such as snowboarding, moguls and aerials, which appeared in previous Olympic Winter Games but have captured greater public attention this year.

One of the most memorable stories of the event occurred at the short-track speed skating. Australian skater Steven Bradbury, an honest competitor who had previously won a bronze as part of a relay team but well off the pace of the medal favourites, cruised off the pace in his semifinal only to see his competitors crash into each other, allowing him through to the final. Bradbury was again well off the pace, but lightning struck again and all four other competitors crashed out in the final, leaving a jubilant Bradbury to take the most unlikely of gold medals, Australia's first in a Olympic Winter Games event.

Finally, the Canadian men's ice hockey team defeated the American team 5-2 to claim the gold medal and end a drought that lasted 50 years to the day. The Canadian women's team also defeated their American counterparts 3-2 after losing to them at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano and at all 8 exhibition games prior to the Salt Lake Games.

Medals awarded

Medal count

3United States of America10131134
16Czech Republic1203
18Great Britain1013

See also

External links


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