Olympic Games in Lillehammer 1994

1994: “The best Olympic Games ever”
The words of Juan Antonio Samaranch can’t be repeated often enough for Norwegian ears. The Olympic skiing disciplines, and particularly the Nordic ones, are often compared with the world championships and Lillehammer will be no exception when we eventually look at them when the results from Oslo 2011 are written down.
Bjørn Dæhlie became - and remains - the Olympic king in 1994, with two golds and two silvers. But there is no doubt that an Italian gentleman by the name of Silvio Fauner deeply scarred Norwegian pride when he beat the golden boy on the relay finish line.

But pride was restored by a 30 kilometre performance by Thomas Alsgaard and by Espen Bredesen’s ski jumping, not to mention Fred Børre Lundberg and Bjarte Engen Vik in the combined. The women’s cross country statistics reflect the battle the Norwegians had with racers whose past and future was perhaps clouded. But we have good reason to be proud of Marit Wold and the relay team.

Triple alpine victory
We really shouldn’t be mentioning the alpine skiers in connection with a Nordic World Championship, but we must be allowed to remember the historic triple combined victory of Kjus, Aamodt and Strand Nilsen or Aamodt’s downhill silver and super G bronze. Their Olympic prowess inspired the world of sports.

 
Results 1994

Langrenn classic - Men10 km
1 DÆHLIE Bjørn NOR
2 SMIRNOV Vladimir KAS
3 ALBARELLO Marco ITA
4 BOTVINOV Mikhail RUS
5 SIVERTSEN Sture NOR
6 MYLLYLÄ Mika FIN

 Cross country free technique - Men 30 km
1 ALSGAARD Thomas NOR
2 DÆHLIE Bjørn NOR
3 MYLLYLÄ Mika FIN
4 BOTVINOV Mikhail RUS
5 DE ZOLT Maurilio ITA
6 ISOMETSÄ Jari FIN
 
Cross country classic - Men 50 km
1 SMIRNOV Vladimir KAS
2 MYLLYLÄ Mika FIN
3 SIVERTSEN Sture NOR
4 DÆHLIE Bjørn NOR
5 JEVNE Erling NOR
6 MAJBÄCK Christer SWE

Cross country pursuit- Men 15 km
1 DÆHLIE Bjørn NOR
2 SMIRNOV Vladimir KAS
3 FAUNER Silvio ITA
4 MYLLYLÄ Mika FIN
5 BOTVINOV Mikhail RUS
6 RÄSÄNEN Jari FIN
 
Cross country relay - Men 4 x 10 km
1 ITALY (DE ZOLT Maurilio, ALBARELLO Marco, VANZETTA Giorgio, FAUNER Silvio)
2 NORWAY (SIVERTSEN Sture, ULVANG Vegard, ALSGAARD Thomas, DÆHLIE Bjørn)
3 FINLAND (MYLLYLÄ Mika, KIRVIESNIEMI Harri, RÄSÄNEN Jari, ISOMETSÄ Jari)
4 GERMANY (REIN Torald, BEHLE Jochen, SCHLICKENRIEDER Peter, MÜHLEGG Johan)
5 RUSSIA (KIRILOV Andrej, PROKUROROV Aleksej, LAZUTIN Gennadij, BOTVINOV Mikhail
6 SWEDEN (OTTOSON Jan, MAJBÄCK Christer, BERGSTRÖM Anders, FORSBERG Henrik)
 
Cross country classic - ladies 5 km
1 JEGOROVA LJUBOV RUS
2 DI CENTA Manuela ITA
3 KIRVESNIEMI Marja-Liisa FIN
4 MOEN Anita NOR
5 NYBRÅTEN, Inger Helene NOR
6 LAUZUTINA Larisa RUS
 
Cross country classic - Ladies 15 km
1 DI CENTA Manuela ITA
2 JEGOROVA Ljubov RUS
3 GAVRILJUK Nina RUS
4 BELMONDO Stefania ITA
5 LAUZUTINA Larisa RUS
6 VÄLBE Jelena RUS
 
Cross country classic – Ladies 30 km
1 DI CENTA Manuela ITA
2 WOLD Marit NOR
3 KIRVESNIEMI Marja-Liisa FIN
4 DYBENFAL Trude NOR
5 JEGOROVA Ljubov RUS
6 VÄLBE Jelena FIN
 
Cross country pursuit - Ladies 10 km
1 JEGOROVA Jegorova RUS
2 DI CENTA Manuela ITA
3 BELMONDO Stefania ITA
 
Cross country Relay - Ladies 4 x 5 km
1 RUSSIA (VÄLBE Jelena, LAZUTINA Larisa, GAVRILJUK Nina, JEGOROVA Ljubov)
2 NORWAY (DYBENDAL Trude, NYBRÅTEN Inger Helene, NILSEN Elin, MOEN Anita)
3 ITALY (VANZETTA Bice, DI CENTA Manuela, PARUZZI Gabriella, BELMONDO Stefania)
4 FINLAND (MÄÄTTÄ Pirkko, KIRVESNIEMI Marja-Liisa, LAHTINEN Merja, ROILG Marjut)
5 SWITZERLAND (HORNEGGER Sylvia, SCHWAGER Silke, METTLER Barbara, ALBRECHT Birgitte)
6 SWEDEN (FRITHIOFF Anna, ÖSTERLUND Marie-Helene, FRITZON Anna-Lena. ORDINA Antonia)
 
Ski jump - K120
1 WEISSFLOG Jens GER
2 BREDESEN Espen NOR
3 GOLDBERGER Andreas AUS
4 OKABE Takanobu JAP
5 SOININEN Jani FIN
6 OTTESEN Lasse NOR

Ski jump - K120
1 BREDESEN Espen NOR
2 OTTESEN Lasse NOR
3 THOMA Dieter GER
4 WEISSFLOG Jens GER
5 KASAI Noriaki JAP
6 SOINEN Jani FIN
 
Ski jump - K90
1 GERMANY (JÄKLE Hansjörg, DUFFNER Cristof, THOMA Dieter, WEISSFLOG, Jens)
2 JAPAN (NISHIKATA Jinya, OKABE, Takanobu, KASAI Noriaki, HARANDA Masahiko)
3 AUSTRIA (KUTTIN Heinz, MOSER Christian, HORNGACHER S, GOLDBERGER Andreas)
4 NORWAY (BERG Øyvind, OTTESEN Lasse, LJØKELSØY Roar, BREDESEN Espen)
5 FINLAND YLIPULLI Raimo, VÄÄTÄINEN J, AHONEN Janne, SOININEN Jani)
6 FRANCE (DE LAUP, Steeve, JEAN-PROST N, DESSUM, Nicolas, MOLLARD, Didier)
 
Nordic combined
1 LUNDBERG Fred Børre NOR
2 KONO Takanori JAP
3 ENGEN VIK Bjarte NOR
4 OGIWARA Kenji JAP
5 MARKVAARDT Ago EST
6 KEMPF Hippolyt SUI
 
Nordic combined team
1 JAPAN (ABE Masashi, KONO Takanori, OGIWARA, Kenji)
2 NORWAY (ENGEN VIK Bjarte, APELAND Knut Tore, LUNDBERG, Fred Børre)
3 SWITZERLAND (CUENDET Jaen-Yves, SCHAAD Andreas, KEMPF Hippolyt)
4 ESTLAND (FREIMUTH Magnar, LEVANDI Allar, MARKVARDT Ago)
5 CZECH (KUCERA Milan, PANEK Zbynek, MAKA Frantisek)
6 FRANCE (GUILLAUME Sylvain, MICHON Staphane, GUY Fabrice)