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Week of February 4, 2002


XIX Olympic Winter Games
Salt Lake City, United States
February 8 - 24, 2002


"In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams." -- The Olympic Oath.

This oath is taken by an athlete or athletes from the host nation spoken in the native language at the Opening Ceremonies. The athlete holds a corner of the Olympic Flag in his or her left hand and raises his or her right hand while the flag bearers of the other nations stand in a semi circle.

The Olympic Oath was written by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement. It was first recited at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The phrase, "committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs," was added to the Olympic Oath at the 2000 Sydney Games.

On behalf of all the judges, a judge from the host country takes the judge's oath stating, "In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them in the true spirit of sportsmanship."

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Sacagawea and Author Mary W. Schaller take a break from the PAPA WAS A BOY IN GRAY Book Tour to visit the United States Olympic Training Center. It is located deep in the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, New York. Did you know Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games?

>>Read about Sacagawea's trip to Lake Placid
>>Read about the PAPA WAS A BOY IN GRAY Book Tour
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>>More Olympic Games Links

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Salt Lake 2002: An Official Book of the Olympic Winter Games
Capture the Spirit of the Games with this Offical Book of the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. It's a GREAT BOOK for your "Olympic Library." Enjoy it before, during, and after the Winter Games.

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Question:
In what year were the first Olympic Winter Games held?

Bonus Question:
In what city were the first Olympic Winter Games held?

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Did you know the Olympic Winter Games were held in 1992 and 1994 -- just two years apart?

Yes, in 1986, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to separate the Games of the Olympiad (Summer Games) and the Olympic Winter Games so they would alternate every two years. In order to do this, the IOC scheduled the Olympic Winter Games to be played in 1992 and 1994. This was the only time two Olympic Games were held just two years apart.

Did you know the Games of the Olympiad are held in years divisible by four? Yes. You do the math: 2000, 1996, 1992, etc.

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Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair are my heroes. They are world-class speed skaters and great competitors. Speed skating is the best sport in the Winter Olympics.

Tara Lipinski is my hero because she won a gold medal in women's figure skating in the last Olympics [1998]. She is a great champion and the youngest person to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. I enjoyed watching her skate. -- Ellen S.

Phil and Steve Mahre are my heroes. The 1984 Sarajevo Games were incredible when they won the gold and silver medals in the slalom. Only a few hundredths of a second separated their times. Me and my twin brother are close, but not that close! -- Carl from Miami.

The Jamaican Bobsled Team. What an inspirational story!!!

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Question:
What is the history of the Olympic Torch and Relay? (Paige W.)

Answer:
The Olympic Flame has roots in the Ancient Olympic Games -- a flame was lit by the sun's rays in Olympia, Greece, and continued to burn throughout the competition.

In the Modern Olympic Games, the Olympic Flame first appeared at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.

In the 1936 Berlin Games, the Olympic Flame was lit by the sun's rays in Olympia, Greece, just like it was during the ancient games. To get the Olympic Flame from Greece to Berlin, an Olympic Relay was started. The Olympic Flame was held by the Olympic Torch. This torch was carried by 3,000 runners through seven countries and arrived at the stadium in Berlin for the Opening Ceremonies. The final torchbearer lit the Olympic Cauldron, and the Olympic Flame burned throughout the Games. It was extinguished during the Closing Ceremonies.

Did you know the first Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay took place in the 1952 Oslo Games?

Today, the Olympic Torch and Relay are important symbols of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia, Greece, and is carried on the Olympic Relay to the host city. The Olympic Flame lights the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies and burns for the duration of the Olympic Games. It is extinguished at the Closing Ceremonies with a promise it will burn again at the next Olympic Games.

>>See a Map of the 2002 Torch Route
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Question:
In what year were the first Olympic Winter Games held?

Bonus Question:
In what city were the first Olympic Winter Games held?

Answer:
1924, in Chamonix (France).

The Modern Olympic Games were first held in Athens, Greece, from April 6 - 15, 1896. At that time, there were no Olympic Winter Games. The addition of ice skating (in 1908) and ice hockey (in 1920) to the Olympic Games led to the creation of a separate Olympic Winter Games.

In 1924, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned an 11-day "International Winter Sports Week." It was held from January 25 to February 4, 1924, in Chamonix, France. The games were very successful, and they became known as the first Olympic Winter Games.

Did you know the first Olympic Winter Games were authorized to begin in 1916? However, the games were postponed until 1924, due to World War I.

In 1924, 294 athletes from 16 nations participated in 14 events among the five sports: Nordic Skiing, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, and Bobsledding. The Olympic Winter Games have grown substantially over the years. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, more than 2,000 athletes representing more than 70 nations will compete in 78 events.

Did you know half of these 78 events have been added to the Olympic Winter Games since 1984?

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