In 1980, Eric Heiden won all five speedskating events, setting Olympic records in four and a world record in one.
Welcome to the Olympics history section
The Winter Olympics are a panaroma of dramatic moments from the first gold medal in the Winter Olympics in 1924, to Sonja Henie's salute to Adolf Hitler in '36, Jean Claude Killy's sweep of the alpine events in '68 and Tara Lipinski's stunning upset of Michelle Kwan in '98. Whether it's miracles on ice or wonders on snow, winter athletes have thrilled, titilated and inspired fans.
• Miracles on ice: 1960 | 1980
Check out the Olympics through the years:
|We've picked some great Olympic moments, but it's up to you to pick the greatest. Vote in the poll on the left, and we'll post the results during the Games.|
||Bonnie Blair -- five gold medals in speedskating|
||Billy Fiske -- driver of the '32 gold medal bobsled team|
||Peggy Fleming -- her gold revived U.S. figure skating|
||Eric Heiden -- ripped up records in a tear on the ice|
||Sonja Henie -- enthralled crowds and revolutionized her sport|
||Bill Johnson -- the first American to win the downhill|
||Jean-Claude Killy -- swept the alpine events in '68|
||Franz Klammer -- clutch win in front of 60,000 screaming fans|
||Hermann Maier -- shrugged off a crash to take gold days later|
||Miracles on ice -- the 1960 and 1980 hockey teams|
They called it "International Winter Sports Week," but the Canadian hockey team called it a rout.
1928 St. Moritz
The world's first real global superstar was born, as 15-year-old Sonja Henie glided to the first of three consecutive golds.
1932 Lake Placid
After Eleanor Roosevelt hurtled down the bobsled course, the U.S. men
dominated the speedskating events.
Would the "Nazi Olympics" survive threats of a boycott?
Dick Button redefined figure skating and bobsledder Max Houben gave hope to the young at heart.
A skate-wearing truck driver stole the show, and women on skis glided through the woods.
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo
Toni Sailer owned the Alpine hills, and Finnish jumpers owned the Alpine air.
1960 Squaw Valley
Richard Nixon was running late, but it was a Frenchman who broke the speed limit.
France's Goitschel sisters skied fastest on the imported snow: the computers said so.
Jean-Claude Killy and Peggy Fleming made the Winter Olympics sexy.
Sapporo's hometown kids fly like Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Franz Klammer stayed on his skis ... but just barely.
1980 Lake Placid
Two miraculous performances: Eric Heiden and the U.S. hockey team. Could morning in America be far behind?
Torvill and Dean's "Bolero" melted the ice at Sarajevo, and U.S. downhiller Bill Johnson walked the talk.
Tomba won a Ferrari. Witt won the battle of the Carmens.
The Berlin Wall had crumbled, but athletes from the former Soviet Union still looked invincible.
Johann Olav Koss was a Golden Butterfly, and Tonya Harding was a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The "Herminator" turned the agony of defeat into the thrill of victory, twice.