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  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    Born-again biathlete Wilhelm embarks on gold run

    Kati Wilhelm had made her Olympic debut at Nagano 1998, competing as a cross country skier. She had been left disappointed after finishing a lowly 16th in the 30km, though she did help the German team achieve a 7th place in the 4x5km relay. In search of greater success, she decided to switch to a whole new sport – and duly reinvented herself as a biathlete.
    18 Feb 2002 | Salt Lake City 2002, Olympic News, Biathlon, Germany
  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    Langen ends decade wait for gold

    Germany’s Christoph Langen arrived in Salt Lake City with an incredible track record. He was the reigning two-man and four-man world champion, the latest triumphs in what had been a truly glittering career. He was now 39, but had proved over the course of the latest World Cup season that he remained at the peak of his powers, winning three of the four races he entered, and finishing second in the other.
    17 Feb 2002 | Salt Lake City 2002, Olympic News, Bobsleigh, Germany
  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    Yang Yang (A) breaks China’s golden silence

    In recent years, China had made a big push to improve its standing in the world of winter sports, and it was at Salt Lake City 2002 that all of its efforts began to pay off. And much of that was down to the performances of short track skater Yang Yang, or to be more precise Yang Yang (A). She was so called to distinguish her from team-mate and fellow short track skater with the same name, who was in turn known as Yang Yang (L). Initially they had been given the extra initials ‘L’ and ‘S’, standing for ‘Large’ and ‘Small’, but Yang Yang (L) objected to her new moniker, so she changed it to Yang Yang (A), with the A standing for August, the month of her birth.
    16 Feb 2002 | Salt Lake City 2002, Olympic News, Short Track Speed Skating, People's Republic of China
  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    Klug’s incredible journey from operating table to Olympic podium

    US snowboarder Chris Klug had been on one of the most extraordinary journeys any Olympic competitor had been upon to reach the Games. A decade earlier, when he was just 19, Klug had been diagnosed with an incurable liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). His name was on put on the waiting list for a liver transplant and, in the meantime, he was advised to carry on living his life. He lived it to the full, competing in snowboarding contests and finishing sixth in the giant slalom at Nagano 1998.
    15 Feb 2002 | Salt Lake City 2002, Olympic News, Snowboard, United States of America
  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    Forsberg ends her Olympic medal drought

    Magdalena Forsberg was widely regarded as the world's foremost female biathlete of her generation, and ahead of Salt Lake City she was on her way to winning her sixth consecutive World Cup title. Yet she had somehow never managed to translate that form into Olympic success and arrived in the USA looking to win her first medal at the Games.
    11 Feb 2002 | Salt Lake City 2002, Olympic News, Sweden, Biathlon
  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    High five for old man of the luge Hackl

    Georg Hackl was competing at his fifth Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He had won a medal at each of the previous four, and his tally now stood at three golds and one silver. His reputation within the sport was sky-high. His debut had come as a 21-year-old representing West Germany. Now 35, and competing for a united Germany, he was regarded by many as the greatest luger of all time.
    11 Feb 2002 | Olympic News, Salt Lake City 2002, Luge, Germany, HACKL, Georg
  • News | Salt Lake City 2002

    Ice cool Strobl takes downhill gold

    Hermann Maier (AUT), who had been the best downhill skier in the four years since the Nagano Winter Games in 1998, was a notable absence in Salt Lake City. The Austrian was not just hugely charismatic but also, on his day, exceptionally fast. He had won the 1999 World Championship title and the 2001 World Cup, and was widely tipped to be one of the favourites for the 2002 Olympic title.
    10 Feb 2002 | Salt Lake City 2002, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Austria
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