• Throwback: The Kenyan cross-country skier who wowed the crowds in Japan

    February 12, 1998 Philip Boit grew up with dreams of competing in a distance race in the Olympics. He just didn’t figure it would be in the snow. Yet when the field of 98 cross country skiers took the starting line for the 10km pursuit at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, the 26-year-old from

  • Throwback: Eugenio Monti’s act of sportsmanship helps competitors win gold

    February 1st, 1964 It was the bolt that changed Olympic history. Italian bobsleigh driver Eugenio Monti and his brakeman Siorpaes went into the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria as the favorites in the two-man event. Yet after two runs on the first day on the artificial track in Igls, Britain’s Tony Nash and Robin Dixon led

  • Throwback: When snowboarder Rebagliati dared to dream with shock Nagano win

    8 February 1998 The heavy metal rockers of snowboard were invited to the Olympic Winter Games party for the first time at Nagano 1998. It made sense for both groups: the International Olympic Committee was eager to attract a younger audience, while snowboarding was keen to start appealing to the mainstream. Two new events were

  • Throwback: How an Australian speedskater won the unlikeliest gold medal

    As a nation, Australia has not been renowned for its prowess in speed skating, but Steven Bradbury became something of a national icon with the unlikeliest of gold medals at Salt Lake City 2002. After a number of injuries over the past eight years put his speed skating career in jeopardy, the 28-year-old Bradbury recovered

  • Throwback: Eddie the Eagle steals the show in Calgary

    February 14, 1988 (or February 23, 1988 as he competed in two competitions) A fairly unassuming plasterer from the West Country in England became one of the unlikely stars – in fact, nearly the poster boy – of the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988. 24-year-old Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards (his given name is

  • Throwback: The Jamaican bobsleigh team and the birth of ‘Cool Runnings’

    February 27-28, 1988 (over two days of competition) The 1993 film Cool Runnings was a massive success at the box office, but took a number of liberties when it came to telling the full story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsleigh team. As the 30-year anniversary of the team’s debut at the Calgary Olympics approaches, here’s

  • Throwback: Teenager Lipinski becomes youngest Winter Games golden girl

    February 20, 1998 For most of the experts, the result of the women’s figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998 was a foregone conclusion. In the words of one prominent journalist, USA’s Michelle Kwan was “runaway favourite, so far ahead of her competition that she literally will have to stumble to lose it.”

  • Throwback: When Killy embraced pressure to deliver title treble at Grenoble Games

    February 17, 1968 French hopes for the Olympic Winter Games Grenoble 1968 were high when Jean-Claude Killy won 12 of 16 World Cup races during the 1966-67 season. There was growing conjecture that a clean sweep of then three alpine skiing disciplines was on the cards. His first Olympic foray at Innsbruck 1964 had gone

  • Throwback: Mexico’s evergreen and unlikely Prince of the slopes

    Few Winter Olympians, if any, can boast to being as colourful as the superbly named Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Better known as Hubie, the skier has represented Mexico at six Olympic Winter Games, his most recent foray coming at Sochi 2014 when he fell on his first run in the slalom and so failed to

  • Throwback: Henie – the child prodigy who reinvented figure skating and won Olympic gold

    Feb 15th, 1928 Sonja Henie was that rarest of athletes – one who reinvented her sport. Born in Oslo in 1912 to an heiress mother and champion speed skater father, Henie was a prodigy for as long as anyone could remember. She became Norway’s national champion at the age of nine and competed in the first