Salt Lake City

DateFebruary 8 - February 24
CountryUnited States
Salt Lake City 2002
Salt Lake City 2002 Official Film | Salt Lake City 2002, Bud Greenspan's Stories of Olympic Glory
Summary of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games

About the Games

Expanding Programme

The Games saw the expansion of the Olympic programme to 78 events, including the return of skeleton and the introduction of women's bobsleigh, with the two-person event. Athletes from a record 18 National Olympic Committees earned gold medals, including first-ever golds for China and Australia.

Nordic Gold

Samppa Lajunen of Finland became the first Nordic combined athlete to win three gold medals at one Games. He entered the 15km cross-country phase of the individual event in third place and easily made up ground to win the gold. In the team event, he anchored Finland to victory, then added another gold in the sprint.

Memorable Firsts

By taking the silver medal in singles luge, Georg Hackl of Germany became the first person in Olympic history to earn a medal in the same individual event five times in a row. In the women’s bobsleigh, Vonetta Flowers of the U.S. became the first Black athlete to earn winter gold, while ice hockey player Jarome Iginla of Canada followed as the first Black male winner.

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The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

The Mascot

An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.