Quick Highlights From The 2002 Games

Utah Olympic ParkThe opening ceremonies included Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes singing “Light the Fire Within,” the official song of the 2002 Olympics.

The Grammy Award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed the “Star-Spangled Banner,” National Anthem of the United States, for the opening ceremonies.

There were also signs of the aftermath of September 11, 2001, being the first Olympics since then. They included the flag that flew at Ground Zero, NYPD officer Daniel Rodriguez singing “God Bless America,” and honor guards of NYPD and FDNY members.

The opening segment of the opening ceremony celebrated all previous hosts of the Olympic Winter Games.

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

The Women’s Bobsled Event had its debut at the 2002 Games after several years of World Cup competition.

A feature of these Games was the emergence of the extreme sports, such as snowboarding, moguls and aerials, which appeared in previous Olympic Winter Games but have captured greater public attention in recent years.

American Sarah Hughes won the gold medal in figure skating. American and heavy favorite Michelle Kwan fell during her long program and received the bronze medal.

Australia winning their second gold medal, courtesy of Alisa Camplin in Women’s Aerials, the first ever medal won by a female from Australia and Southern Hemisphere.

The Canadian men’s ice hockey team defeated the American team 5-2 to claim the gold medal, ending 50 years without the hockey gold. The Canadian women’s team also defeated the American team 3-2 after losing to them at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano.

There was a Canadian dollar underneath the ice in support of the Canadian men’s team, supposedly placed there at the request of Wayne Gretzky, who knew the man responsible for ice upkeep.

Highlights provided by the 2002 Winter Olympics page on Wikipedia.com. Click HERE to read the entire page.


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