LILLEHAMMER - Norway
In memory of the victims of Sarajevo, where the games were held ten years earlier, the sportsmen attending the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer observed a minute's silence at the opening ceremony. That sad note aside, these were happy games in the true tradition, celebrated under sunny skies in the crisp Norwegian air.These games marked the (temporary) fall from power of the traditional Alpine skiing nations - the Austrians, the Swiss and the French. This time, it was the Norwegians' turn to thunder down their home slopes to victory, taking a total of 26 medals in skiing and many other disciplines besides. The Russians, competing under their own flag, demonstrated that they were still up among the best, gleaning 11 gold medals.