• Throwback: Biathlon ‘King’ Bjorndalen crowned most successful Winter Olympian

    February 19th, 2014 Ole Einar Bjorndalen’s Olympic debut – at his home Games in Lillehammer in 1994 – offered little hint as to what was to come from the Norwegian. The 20-year-old finished 36th in the 20km individual pursuit, 28th in the sprint and seventh in the relay. Yet his dedication to biathlon – he

  • Throwback: Ammann soars to unprecedented double-double in Vancouver

    February 20, 2010 Simon Ammann remains the only man in history to have achieved ski jumping’s double gold at two Olympic Winter Games. At the age of 20, the prodigious Swiss talent won both the normal hill and large hill titles at Salt lake City City 2002, turning into an overnight star in Switzerland and,

  • Throwback: Witt and Thomas and the Battle of the Carmens in Canada

    Feb 27th, 1988 The contest for the Olympic Winter Games women’s figure skating title at Calgary 1988 was billed as the Battle of the Carmens. On one side was Katarina Witt, the East German star who had dominated the sport since winning gold at the previous Games. Facing her was the USA’s Debi Thomas, the first

  • Throwback: When Flowers created history in Salt Lake City after brave bobsleigh switch

    February 19, 2002 Vonetta Flowers went from Summer Games reject to Winter Olympics legend in the space of less than 20 months. In 2000, the Alabama athlete had finished a lowly 12th in the long jump at the US Olympic track and field trials. Dejected and disappointed, she returned to her hotel room in Sacramento, where

  • Throwback: Flamboyant White delivers halfpipe gold with a McTwist in Vancouver

    February 17, 2010 It felt like the world had come to watch Shaun White on Cypress Mount – and he didn’t disappoint. The 23-year-old with the flowing flame-coloured hair was one of the most recognisable athletes at Vancouver 2010. In fact, because of him, the halfpipe was the most-watched TV event of the entire Olympic Winter

  • Throwback: When gutsy teenager Baiul won maiden Games gold for Ukraine

    February 25, 1994 It was an event overshadowed by the scandal involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, but 16-year-old Oksana Baiul emerged to become figure skating champion at Lillehammer 1994 for Ukraine’s first Olympic gold. Baiul endured a tough upbringing. Her father disappeared from her life when she was just two years old and she

  • Throwback: When record-breaker Hecher started skiing dynasty at Squaw Valley

    February 20, 1960 Nearly six decades since the achievement, Austrian skier Traudl Hecher remains the youngest person in Olympic alpine skiing history to win a medal at a Winter Games, at the tender age of 16. Going in to Squaw Valley 1960, Germany’s Heidi Biebl was in a class of her own in the women’s

  • Throwback: When sporting cycles brought Summer and Winter Games glory for Hughes

    February 23, 2002 Clara Hughes never had visions of becoming a globally recognised athlete. By her own admission, she “got into a lot of trouble” growing up. The Canadian recalled: “I was one of those students who didn’t care about anything. I was involved in a lot of drinking at a young age – and

  • Throwback: Rothenburger swaps skates for wheels in unique Winter & Summer Games double

    February 26, 1988 Nearly three decades on, undoubtedly the date remains etched on the mind of Christa Luding-Rothenburger for part one of what remains an historic and unique Olympic double. Then Rothenburger, before marrying her coach Ernst Luding, she went on to win medals at both the Winter and Summer Games in the same year

  • Throwback: Emotional slalom one-two for Mahre twins in Sarajevo

    February 19, 1984 Phil Mahre was born just four minutes before twin Steve, but the gap between them was infinitely smaller – a mere 0.21 seconds – when it came to the pair skiing for Olympic gold at Sarajevo 1984. Steve initially set the pace on the opening run of the slalom course in the