Timeline from 2002 Winter Olympics

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 11:12 AM

Chris J. Miller

Feb. 7, 2002

* Torch relay merrily wound its way through the Top of Utah and found a resting spot in Salt Lake City. The world begins to watch Utah host the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Feb. 8, 2002

* Wind wreaked havoc on Snowbasin's downhill training days and forced the cancellation of the first day of ski-jump qualifying in Park City.

* Opening ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium included a welcome from President George W. Bush.

Feb. 9, 2002

* First medal of 2002 games goes to Italian Stefania Balmondo in the 15K freestyle cross-country race at Soldier Hollow's ski course.

* Ogden's Blue Stone wins bull riding and Morgan's Lan LaJeunesse won the bareback riding go-rounds at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo at Davis FairPark Legacy Center.

Feb. 10, 2002

* American Kelly Clark was the first to grab a gold medal for the U.S., winning the women's half-pipe snowboarding final at Park City.

* Austrian Fritz Strobl won the men's downhill gold medal at Snowbasin.

Feb. 11, 2002

* Snowboarders Ross Powers, Danny Kass and J.J. Thomas swept the podium for the U.S. in the men's half-pipe finals.

* The American men's curling team upset Sweden 10-5 to open the action at The Ice Sheet.

* The day ended with drama as a Russian duo topped the favored pair from Canada -- Jamie Sale and David Pelletier -- in the pairs figure skating at the Delta Center.

Feb. 12, 2002

* In the women's downhill at Snowbasin, France's Carol Montillet topped Italy's Isolde Kostner for the gold, while hometown favorite Picabo Street finished 16th. The crowd still loved her.

* The U.S. women's curling team started strong, posting a dramatic 8-7 win over Japan in Ogden.

* Skating fans talked about Timothy Goebel's quadruple salchow, the first ever landed in Olympic history -- and completed by an American.

Feb. 13, 2002

* American Bode Miller grabbed a silver in the men's downhill at Snowbasin, edged out by Norway's Kjetil Aamodt, who won a record sixth medal.

* Switzerland's Simon Ammann won gold on the 120-meter hill after winning the gold earlier on the 90-meter hill.

* Canadians and many others still fumed over the silver medal their team ended up with in pairs skating.

* Germany dominated in the women's luge with a 1-2-3 finish.

Feb. 14, 2002

* The U.S. women's hockey team cruised in early games, capped by a 12-1 win over China at Provo's Seven Peaks Arena.

* Timothy Goebel wins bronze in men's figure skating.

Feb. 15, 2002

* Justice prevails five days after the competition as the Canadian pairs figure skaters were deemed to have tied the Russian team for a gold medal.

Feb. 16, 2002

* The U.S. skiers were shut out of medals atSnowbasin men's super-G race, while Norwegian Kjetil Andre Aamodt won his record seventh medal.

* Apolo Anton Ohno skated to a silver for the U.S. in short-track speedskating.

Feb. 17, 2002

* U.S. speedskater Chris Witty won gold in the 1,000-meter race, offsetting a disappointing final day for America at Snowbasin.

Feb. 18, 2002

* While the U.S. men's curling team saw its medal-round dreams end too early, the U.S. women surged into the semifinals with an 11-2 win over Norway.

* Australian Alisa Camplin won the women's freestyle aerials at Park City; The Flying Kangaroos loved Utah so much they still train here.

Feb. 19, 2002

* Park City's Joe Pack took silver in freestyle aerials, while Derek Parra won gold in his speedskating specialty.

* The U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams earned semifinal wins, setting up the gold-medal games.

* Michelle Kwan placed first with Sasha Cohen third after the first day of women's figure skating. Sarah Hughes was fourth.

Feb. 20, 2002

* The U.S. owned the skeleton world as Jimmy Shea and Tristan Gale won men's and women's gold, respectively.

* Apolo Anton Ohno cruised to gold in the men's 1,500 when the lead skater from Korea was disqualified.

Feb. 21, 2002

* WOW. Sarah Hughes wins the gold in women's figure skating with an inspired performance, while Michelle Kwan ends up with a bronze.

* Canada surprises the U.S. women 3-2 in the hockey gold-medal game.

* Bode Miller earns silver behind Austrian Stephan Eberharter in the men's super-G.

* Women's skier Janica Kostelic grabbed her fourth medal of the 2002 games in the giant slalom at Park City.

Feb. 23, 2002

* Top of Utahn Billy Schuffenhauer and his mates end a 46-year U.S. medal drought in bobsledding with a silver and bronze medal at Utah Olympic Park.

Feb. 24, 2002

* Canada defeats the U.S. men in the gold medal hockey game at the E Center.

* Team USA claims 34 medals (12 golds, 16 silvers, seven bronzes), just one behind overall winner Germany.

* Closing ceremony lets the world say "thank you" to Utah and lets Utahns say "happy trails" to the world.

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