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PHOTOS: Winter Olympics golden memories

10:55 AM, Feb 4, 2014   |    comments
  • SQUAW VALLEY, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Athletes, officials and fans from all over the world watch as the Olympic flame (C) is lit during the opening ceremony of the VIIIth Winter Olympic Games 18 February 1960 in Squaw Valley. The competition will last until 28 February. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • This file picture taken on February 1956 shows Austrian skier Toni Sailer during the 1956 Winter Olympic Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy). Nicknamed 'Blitz from Kitz', Toni Sailer.AFP PHOTO B/W (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • CHAMROUSSE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy clears a gate during the second run of the men's giant slalom, 12 February 1968 in Chamrousse, near Grenoble (French Alps), during the Winter Olympic Games. Killy won the gold medal. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - FEBRUARY 11: Swedish cross country skier Sixten Jernberg powers his way uphill during a freestyle race in February 1964 in Innsbruck at the Winter Olympic Games. Between 1956 and 1964, Jernberg won nine Olympic medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) in nordic skiing. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Norwegian Birger Ruud soars through the air during the ski jumping competition at the Winter Olympic Games 16 February 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ruud won the gold medal in front of Swedish Sven Eriksson (silver) and compatriot Reidar Andersen (bronze). (N&B) (Photo credit should read CORR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Picture taken 29 January 1924 in Chamonix of Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie during the Winter Olympic Games in which she finished 8th. Born in Oslo in 1912, Henie is considered to be the greatest woman figure skater of all times, after winning 3 Olympic titles in 1928 (St Moritz, Switzerland), 1932 (Lake Placid, USA) and 1936 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany) and 10 world championships titles in a row (1927-1936). After turning professional, she starred in 10 movies, became a US citize
  • OSLO, NORWAY - FEBRUARY 21: 12-year-old Alain Giletti of France performs his program during the men's free figure skating competition at the Winter Olympic Games 21 February 1952 in Oslo. Giletti finished 7th as Dick Button of the United States won the gold medal. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • American figure skater Dick Button practices his jumps in February 1948 in Saint-Moritz during the Winter Olympic Games. Button won the gold medal and repeated his feat in Oslo (Norway) in 1952. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • 11 Feb 2002: Peter Loudon of Great Britain in action during the curling match against Canada at the Ogden Ice Sheet during the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images
  • 22 FEB 1988: THE CONTESTANTS POWER AWAY FROM THE START LINE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 4x10 KILOMETRE RELAY RACE AT THE 1988 WINTER OLYMPICS HELD IN CALGARY IN CANADA.
  • WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 18: Anthony Deane of Australia competes in the men's skeleton run 2 on day 7 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at The Whistler Sliding Centre on February 18, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Bardonecchia, ITALY: US Halfpipe snowboarder Shaun White competes during the first run of the Men's snowboard Halfpipe final on the second day of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics 12 February 2006 in Bardonecchia, Italy. The Turin Winter Olympics officially opened 10 February setting the ball rolling on a 17-day festival of snow and ice sports. AFP PHOTO JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • 1976: JOHN CURRY OF ENGLAND TRAINING AT THE 1976 WINTER OLYMPICS IN INSBRUCK. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT
  • SAPPORO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 6: Dutch Ard Schenk skates around the curve on his way to a gold medal in the men's 1500m speed skating event 06 February 1972 in Sapporo, at the Winter Olympics. During the Games, Schenk won three gold medals (1500m, 5000m, 10.000m). AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
  • FEB 1984: KATE RATTRAY OF NEW ZEALAND IN ACTION IN THE WOMENS ALPINE DOWNHILL SKIING EVENT AT THE 1984 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SARAJEVO, YUGOSLAVIA.
  • LAKE PLACID, NY - FEB 22: Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union in the semi-final Men's Ice Hockey event at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York on February 22, 1980. The game was dubbed 'the Miracle on Ice'. The USA went on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland 4-2 in the gold medal game. (Photo by Steve Powell /Getty Images)
    
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The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event that occurs once every four years. The first celebration of the Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

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