Host City: Lillehammer 1994
The 17th Winter Olympic Games were held in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994, between Feb 12-27. This was two years after the previous Winter Games in Albertville, and thus ended the four-year Olympic cycle of staging both Winter and Summer Games in the same year, and began a new schedule of the Winter and Summer Games to alternate every two years. In Lillehammer, 67 Nations with 1739 participants competed in 61 events.
- Swiss Vreni Schneider, whose herniated disk had kept her from winning anything at the previous Games in 1992, won medals in all three alpine skiing events, bringing her total to five.
- The figure-skating competition was dominated by the events of Tonya and Nancy. Nancy Kerrigan won the silver behind Ukraine's Oksana Baiul, after her knee had been smashed in by one of fellow American Tonya Harding's henchmen.
- In speed skating, Norway's Johann Olav Koss won three gold medals, setting a world record in each event.
- Bonnie Blair of the USA won two speed skating gold medals, which made her America's most successful Olympic woman with five gold medals from three Games.
- Lyubov Yegorova of Russia won three cross-country skiing gold medals to match the Soviet speed skater Lydia Skoblikova's Olympic record of six gold medals (All of Skoblikova's golds were from individual events while two of Yegorova's golds were from relays).