This sub-prefecture in Savoie (Alps) hosted the 1992 winter games, which probably dashed Paris' hopes to host the summer games the same year. Their prime objective was to put Savoie on the world map.A second objective was to keep financial investment in check and limit ecological damage. Savoie achieved these objectives beyond all expectations.The opening ceremony, directed by choreographer Philippe Decouflé, was breathtaking. It became the talk of the world. During the ceremony, the French President took part in the « ola wave » along with the 34,000 spectators present. The German skaters and the Norwegian skiers brought home the largest number of medals. The French, on their home ground, managed to win nine medals.