• Throwback: Torvill & Dean’s ‘Bolero’ brillance brings home ice-dancing gold

    February 14, 1984 When Jayne Torvill and  Christopher Dean took their turn in the ice dancing competition at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, half of their native United Kingdom was watching on television. By the time they finished, fans all over the world were in awe. With 24 million people tuning in from Great Britain alone, Torvill

  • Throwback: Kjetil Andre Aamodt becomes the youngest and oldest Olympic Super-G gold medalist

    February 18, 2006 For a time, Kjetil Andre Aamodt laid claim to one of the more unique Olympic records in downhill skiing. When the Norwegian downhill skier finished his incredible run in the super-G at the Turin Games in 2006, beating Hermann Maier by 0.13 seconds to win Olympic gold, he became both the youngest

  • Throwback: Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis gives away gold with unnecessary jump

    February 17, 2006 American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis should have been the first Olympic gold medalist in snowboard cross. As the discipline made its Olympic debut at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, the 19-year-old had been winning gold medals in it everywhere else, including three straight Winter X Games and a recent World Championships. It looked

  • Throwback: When pioneer Camplin landed freestyle skiing gold in Salt Lake City

    Feb 18th, 2002 Alisa Camplin became the first woman from the southern hemisphere to win Olympic Winter Games gold – not bad for a woman from Melbourne who didn’t even ski until she was 19. In fact Camplin didn’t set eyes on snow until she was a teenager and used to practise jumps in a

  • Figure skating and ice hockey’s Summer Games start

    Bizarrely, both figure skating and ice hockey owe their Olympic history to the Summer Games. Figure skating is the oldest Olympic discipline from the Winter Games, making its debut in London all the way back in 1908. Among the gold medallists were Russian skater Nikolai Panin, who won the men’s special figures title. On this