New on the programme
For the first time, women's bobsleigh was part of the programme with the two-person event.
There were two events - one for men and one for women. The event was held for the first time at the 1928 Games in St Moritz, Switzerland.
New technology for the judges
Introduction of instant video replay in figure skating.
An oval almost in the sky
1,425m is the altitude of the Utah Olympic Oval, the highest covered oval in the world.
Two olympic champions
Two golds were awarded in pairs figure skating rather than a gold and a silver. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board decided to award Jamie Salé and David Pelletier from Canada a gold medal in the figure skating, pairs competition in Salt Lake City. Following a meeting with IOC President Jacques Rogge, International Skating Union (ISU) President Ottavio Cinquanta called an ISU Council meeting on 14 February, following the figure skating, men's free skate, competition. The ISU Council decided to suspend Judge Marie Reine Le Gougne for misconduct and to recommend to the IOC Executive Board that it also award a gold medal to Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. The IOC Executive Board agreed with and accepted the recommendation from the ISU to award the gold medal. The IOC Executive Board thanked the ISU Council for its speedy resolution of the matter for the sake of the athletes involved and those still to compete.
For the first time
Estonia and Croatia won their first medal in Olympic Winter Games history.
USA in bobsleigh
With two medals in the four-man competition, the United States won its first medal in men's bobsleigh since 1956.
Gold for China and Australia
China and Australia won their first gold medal in Olympic Winter Games
Salt Lake City, 8 February 2002. Climax of the Opening Ceremony
Official opening of the Games by: President George W. Bush
Lighting of the Olympic Flame by: The American ice hockey team, gold medal winners in Lake Placid, 1980
Olympic Oath by: Jim Shea (skeleton)
Officials' Oath by: Allen Church (Alpine skiing)