Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympic Games

Only two years after the 16th Winter Olympic games the Olympic fire was lit again. The IOC decided that the Winter and Summer Olympics should not be held in the same year and the first Games in the new schedule were the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, from 12 to 27 February 1994. 


Time and Place: Lillehammer (Norway); 12 - 27 February 1994
Participation: 67 countries, 1737 athletes (1215 men, 522 women)
Number of sports: 10 sports, 61 events
Number of Slovenian athletes: 22
Fire lit by: Prince Hakkon Magnus
Games opened by: King Harald V. (Crown Prince of Norway)
Olympic oath: Vegard Ulvang (cross county skier)


Trivia from the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympic Games

The Norwegians organized truly magical Olympics. The exceptional natural backdrop, great crowd interest, enriched Olympic program and effective blend of culture, sports and tradition marked the Lillehammer Games. The true festival of winter sports took place under the watchful eye of King Harald V of Norway.


In 1986, the main Olympic organization decided to hold the 16th Winter Olympics two years after the Olympic year and then every fourth year as before. This would allow organizers better access to sponsorship funding and would center attention on just one Games in a certain year.


Until its selection as the host of the 17th Winter Olympics, Lillehammer was only known in Norway. Over four years, organizers modernized the venues, built new facilities and all the required infrastructure. Special attention was paid to keeping the Olympics as environment friendly as possible. The foremost concern in the planning of halls and venues was being able to use the infrastructure after the Games and construction took great care to avoid cutting down any forests.