Winter Olympics History: XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

The 22nd Winter Olympic Games continue in Sochi, Russia this week, and each day News 4 This Morning will be taking a look back at the Winter Olympiads of the past, leading up to Sochi.

The 1994 Winter Games were the first to take place in a year different than the summer games and were hosted by Lillehammer in France. Anchorage, Alaska originally placed a bid for these games, but did not win. One scandal that swept these games was the attack by a bodyguard of Tonya Harding on fellow American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Despite the attack, Kerrigan won the silver in the Games. Aerials in freestyle skiing was also competed for the first time in these games.

There were many new additions to the Olympic program for the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Men's and women's curling were officially added, as was snowboarding. Women's Ice Hockey also made its debut in these games, with the United States clinching gold over Canada. In addition, all professional hockey players for Men were allowed into these Olympics for the first time as well. Salt Lake City in the United States bid for these games, and would get to host it in 2002. These would be the last Olympics aired on CBS.

Security was a major concern at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, following just months after the terrorist attacks of September 11th the previous year. Skeleton was added back the Winter Olympics with the 2002 event, as well as Women's bobsled. It was also the first American Olympics opened by a sitting president, George W. Bush. A scandal involving the judging of pairs figure skating led to a rare award of two golds instead of a gold and silver.

The Winter Olympics would next be hosted by Torino, Italy in 2006. For the first time, internet video coverage was present for these games, although in America, coverage was limited to a handful of events. New sports contested at the Torino games included the team pursuit in speed skating and the snowboard cross in snowboarding.

In 2010, Canada once again hosted the Winter Olympics, this time in Vancouver. Canada finally won Gold in an Olympics they hosted, and the United States won the overall total number of medals with 37. Several new events were proposed, but not added to the games, including mixed doubles curling and women's ski jumping. The United States was beaten by Canada in both gold medal finals in men's and women's ice hockey.

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