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  • News | Nagano 1998

    “Hermannator” thrills Nagano

    The story of Austria's Hermann Maier is a compelling, and one that at times beggars belief. A bricklayer and part-time ski instructor, he only came to full-time competitive skiing in his 20s, three years before these Games, yet he would establish himself as one of the finest winter sportsman in the world. And all the while, he skied as if he was fleeing an avalanche, attacking the mountains with utter determination.
    19 Feb 1998 | Nagano 1998, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Austria, MAIER, Hermann
  • News | Nagano 1998

    US women strike maiden ice hockey gold

    Having featured as a men’s Olympic sport for the previous 78 years, women's ice hockey made its first appearance on the Olympic programme at Nagano 1998. The USA and Canada had dominated women's ice hockey for decades.
    17 Feb 1998 | Nagano 1998, Ice Hockey, United States of America, Olympic News
  • News | Albertville 1992

    Turner on song in the short track after decade’s absence

    Short track is now such an integral part of the Olympic programme that it is easy to forget that it was only included for the first time in 1992.
    20 Feb 1992 | Albertville 1992, Short Track Speed Skating, United States of America, Olympic News
  • News | Albertville 1992

    Late bloomer Veldkamp restores Dutch speed skating pride

    The Netherlands abiding love affair with speed skating was as passionate as ever in Albertville, but it had been 16 years since a Dutch skater had taken an Olympic gold, and some questioned whether the country even deserved to be regarded as a powerhouse of the sport.
    20 Feb 1992 | Albertville 1992, Speed Skating, Netherlands, Olympic News
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