THE WINTER GAMES

Lights On Lillehammer

More than a billion TV viewers worldwide are expected to tune in to the clash of winter titans

February 14 1994
THE WINTER GAMES

Lights On Lillehammer

More than a billion TV viewers worldwide are expected to tune in to the clash of winter titans

February 14 1994

Lights On Lillehammer

THE WINTER GAMES

More than a billion TV viewers worldwide are expected to tune in to the clash of winter titans

The following guide highlights the events and the leading contenders at the 17th Winter Olympics, with schedules for CTV and CBS coverage. All listings are in eastern standard time. Broadcast times will vary in other regions, and some events aired live in the East will be tape-delayed in the West. All listings are subject to last-minute changes.

SATURDAY, FEB. 12

The 1994 Winter Games officially open with gala ceremonies in Lillehammer’s new ski-jump stadium, one hour after Finland plays the Czech Republic in the first hockey match of the Olympics.

OPENING CEREMONIES HOCKEY—Finland vs. Czech Republic; Russia vs. Norway;

Austria vs. Germany

•CTV: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

•CBS: 8-11 p.m.; recap of day's events: 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 13

Gold is within the grasp of Canada’s Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler as they begin the first round of the pairs figure skating competition. But the reigning world champions face formidable Russian rivals: 1988 Olympic gold medallists Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, and 1992 winners Natalia Mishkuteniok and Artur Dmitriev. In the men’s downhill, Canada’s Olympic ski team, led by Cary Mullen and Edi Podivinsky, will challenge perennial European stars Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg and Patrick Ortlieb of Austria, the defending Olympic champion. In its first match of the hockey tournament, Canada expects an easy victory over the Italian team. In luge, Canadian Clay Ives will compete against European veterans Marcus Prock of Austria and Germany’s Georg Hackl, who won the gold at Albertville.

LUGE: Men’s singles, 1st and 2nd runs

CROSS-COUNTRY: Women’s 15-km freestyle ALPINE: Men’s downhill

Pace are contenders in the women’s super G, but must contend with the likes of Germany’s Katja Seizinger and Italy’s Deborah Campagnoni. In freestyle skiing, Canadian mogul whiz Jean-Luc Brassard is favored for gold over his closest rival, defending Olympic champion Edgar Grospiron of France. In the women’s competition, Canadian Bronwen Thomas is expected to make a strong showing.

LUGE: Women’s singles, 1 st and 2nd runs CROSS-COUNTRY: Women’s 5-km classic ALPINE: Women’s super G FREESTYLE SKIING: Moguls preliminaries FIGURE SKATING:

Pairs free skate HOCKEY: Sweden vs. Italy; United States vs. Slovakia; Canada vs. France

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 12:30-6 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11:30 p.m.; 1:07-2:07 a.m.

WEDNESDAY,

FEB. 16

While Norwegian men traditionally rule the 1,500-m long-track speed skating event, Olympic gold medallist Johann Olav Koss will face tough competition from two Dutch skaters—world champion Falko Zandstra and record-breaker Rintje Ritsma. The hungry young Canadian team includes Patrick Bouchard, Neal Marshall, Kevin Scott and Patrick Kelly.

LUGE: Women’s singles,

3rd and final runs FREESTYLE SKIING:

Moguls finals

SPEED SKATING: Men’s 1,500 m HOCKEY: Austria vs. Russia;

LUGE: Men’s singles, 3rd and final runs

CROSS-COUNTRY: 30-km men’s freestyle

ALPINE: Men’s combined downhill SPEED SKATING: Men’s 500 m HOCKEY: Germany vs. Nonway; Czech Republic vs. Austria; Russia vs. Finland

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 1:30-5 p.m.; recap: 8-10 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 15

Brasseur and Eisler should be going for gold in the pairs free skate. In alpine skiing, Canada’s Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Kate

ALBERTO TOMBA

NATION: ITALY SPORT: ALPINE SKIING

SPEED SKATING: Men’s 5,000 m FIGURE SKATING:

Pairs technical program HOCKEY: Sweden vs. Slovakia; Italy vs. Canada; France vs. the United States

•CTV: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m. •CBS: 9 a.m.-noon; 2:30-6 p.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 11:35 p.m-12:35 a.m.

MONDAY, FEB. 14

In the gruelling 30-km crosscountry event, Canada’s Dany Bouchard races against veteran skiers Bjorn Daehlie and Vegard Ulvang of Norway and Vladimir Smirnov of Kazakhstan, who are expected to vie for the gold medal. In the 500-m speed-skating race, up-and-coming Canadians Sylvain Bouchard and Sean Ireland will take on the favorite, American Dan Jansen.

BONNIE BLAIR

NATION: USA

SPORT: LONG-TRACK SPEED SKATING

Czech Republic vs. Germany; Norway vs. Finland

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 1:30-5 p.m.; recap: 8-10 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 17

In men’s figure skating, Canada’s Kurt Browning, four-time world champion, will vie for gold with Elvis Stojko, who last month took the Canadian title. The Canadians face strong rivals in defending Olympic champion Viktor Petrenko of Ukraine, Philippe Candeloro of France, Alexi Urmanov of Russia and Scott Davis of the United States, who last month outskated former gold medallist Brian Boitano to win the U.S. title. In alpine skiing, Mullen, Canada’s best hope for a medal in the men’s super G, must contend with topranking Norwegian Kjetil André Aamodt and Austrian Günther Mader. In hockey, Canada meets the United States, which dominated the pre-Olympic contests between the two rivals.

CROSS-COUNTRY:

Men’s 10-km classic and women’s 10-km pursuit ALPINE: Men’s super G SPEED SKATING:

Women’s 3,000 m FIGURE SKATING:

Men’s technical program HOCKEY: Slovakia vs. Italy;

France vs. Sweden;

Canada vs. the United States

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 1-5 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 18

Canada’s Myriam Bédard has her sights set on a gold medal in biathlon. A bronze medallist at Albertville, Bédard faces stiff competition from defending overall World Cup champion Anfissa Reztsova of Russia and from Natalie Santer of Italy. In ice dancing, Britain’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are back in search of Olympic gold. Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, a promising young Canadian duo, are expected to perform well. In speeding skating, Canada’s Scott has emerged as a top medal contender in the 1,000m race that also features America’s Jansen.

LUGE: Men’s doubles BIATHLON: Women’s 15 km

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NORDIC COMBINED:

Individual 90-m jumps SPEED SKATING: Men’s 1,000 m ICE DANCING:

Compulsory program HOCKEY: Germany vs. Russia; Finland vs. Austria;

Czech Republic vs. Norway

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 1:30-5 p.m.; recap: 8-10 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 19

In the men’s free skate, Browning and Stojko should be in the thick of the much-anticipated medal fight. In the women’s downhill, Canada’s Kate Pace will take on Germany’s Seizinger and Regina Haeusl. Deeply affected by the tragic death of Austrian skier Ulrike Maier, a close friend, Canada’s Lee-Gartner, who won an Olympic gold medal in the perilous event in 1992, agonized over whether to compete this time. In the two-man bobsled race, Canada’s Pierre Lueders is in position for a medal after a strong season on the World Cup circuit. Lueders and his brakeman, Dave MacEachern, have to beat the sleds driven by top-ranking Gustav Weder of Switzerland and Wolfgang Hoppe of Germany. In women’s 500-m long-track speed skating, Canada’s Susan Auch has a shot at a medal, but will have to contend with repeat gold medallist Bonnie Blair of the United States and Qiabo Ye of China. In hockey, the Canadians

face off against Slovakia. BOBSLED: Two-man,

1 st and 2nd runs

NORDIC COMBINED: 15-km

cross-country

ALPINE: Women’s downhill

CROSS-COUNTRY:

Men’s 15-km pursuit SPEED SKATING: Women’s 500 m FIGURE SKATING: Men’s freestyle HOCKEY: Canada vs. Slovakia; Italy vs. France;

United States vs. Sweden

•CTV: 5-6 a.m.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

•CBS: 1-6 p.m.; recaps: 7-11 p.m.;

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 20

Patrice Bailly-Salins of France is favored, but not invulnerable, in a men’s biathlon event that features Canadians Glenn Rupertus and Steve Cyr. In the always-exciting ski jump (in which no Canadians qualified for the Games), the highest flyers are expected to be World Cup champion Espen Bredesen of Norway, and Andreas Goldberger and Jens Weissflog, both of Austria. In the women’s combined downhill, Germany’s Miriam Vogt heads a strong field that includes Canada’s Melanie Turgeon and Michelle Ruthven, and possibly Lee-Gartner.

BOBSLED: Two-man,

3rd and final runs BIATHLON: Men’s 20 km ALPINE: Women’s combined downhill SKI JUMPING: Individual 120 m SPEED SKATING: Men’s 10,000 m

SYLVIE DAIGLE

NATION: CANADA

SPORT: SHORT-TRACK SPEED SKATING

•CTV: 6:30 a.m.-noon; 3-5 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; 1-6 p.m.; recaps: 8-11:30 p.m.; 1:07-2:07 am.

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

In short-track speed skating, Canada is a powerhouse. Nathalie Lambert, Isabelle Charest, Sylvie Daigle and Christine Boudrias could well win gold in the women’s 3,000-m relay. On the men’s side, 1992 Olympic silver medallist Frédéric Blackburn and men’s overall world champion Marc Gagnon are strong medal contenders in the 1,000-m race.

CROSS-COUNTRY:

Men’s 4 x10-km relay SKI JUMPING:

Team event HOCKEY: Playoffs SHORT-TRACK SPEED SKATING: Men’s 1,000 m and women’s 3,000-m relay

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 1:30-5 p.m.; recap: 8-10 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

The Nancy Kerrigan and

Tonya Harding story provides a dramatic subplot to the women’s figure skating contest. But the real suspense is on the ice: there

TORVILL AND DEAN

NATION: BRITAIN SPORT: ICE DANCING

ICE DANCING: Original program HOCKEY: Russia vs. Czech Republic; Germany vs. Finland; Norway vs. Austria

•CTV: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m. •CBS: 9 a.m.-noon; 3:30-6 p.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY:

Women’s 4 x 5-km relay ALPINE:

Women’s combined slalom, two rounds FREESTYLE:

Aerials preliminaries SPEED SKATING: Women’s 1,500 m ICE DANCING:

Free program HOCKEY:

Sweden vs. Canada; Slovakia vs. France; United States vs. Italy

MONDAY, FEB. 21

Canadian aerialist Philippe LaRoche, the world champion, is favored to win his second Olympic gold medal. Teammates Nicolas Fontaine and Lloyd Langlois also have a shot at the podium. In hockey, Canada meets Sweden, one of the gold-medal favorites.

is no clear favorite in this event. Canada’s Josée Chouinard has an excellent chance at a medal, as does world champion Oksana Baiul of Ukraine, Surya Bonaly of France and China’s Lu Chen. Germany’s Katarina Witt, back from the ice shows, is as glamorous as ever but is not expected to be a serious contender for a third Olympic gold medal. In the men’s giant slalom, Canada’s Mullen, Thomas Grandi and Rob Crossan will face world champion Kjetil Aamodt of Norway and flamboyant Italian Alberto Tomba, who will attempt to win a fourth Olympic gold medal, unprecedented in alpine skiing.

ALPINE: Men’s giant slalom BIATHLON: Women’s 7.5 km and men’s 10 km

NORDIC COMBINED: Team event HOCKEY: Playoffs SPEED SKATING:

Women’s 1,000 m FIGURE SKATING: Women’s technical program

•CTV: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m. •CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

Short-track speedster Lambert is favored in the women’s 500 m, but could be challenged

by teammates Daigle and Charest and by China’s Yang Yang and Yanmei Zhang. In the women’s giant slalom, Germany’s Seizinger and Austria’s Anita Wachter are top competitors. Watch for Canada’s LaRoche in the aerial finals.

ALPINE: Women’s giant slalom NORDIC COMBINED: Team event FREESTYLE SKIING: Aerials finals CROSS-COUNTRY:

Women’s 30-km classic HOCKEY: Playoffs SHORT-TRACK SPEED SKATING: Women’s 500-m final; men’s 500-m preliminaries; men’s 5,000-m relay semifinals

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; T.30-5 p.m.; recap: 8-10 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11 p.m.; 12:37-1:37 a.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 25

In women’s figure skating, the free skate program will determine the winner from among Chouinard, Kerrigan, Baiul, Bonaly and company. In the women’s 5,000-m speed skating race, Germany’s Gunda Neimann is the odds-on favorite.

ALPINE: Men’s combined slalom BIATHLON: Women’s 4 x 7.5-km relay

SKI JUMPING: Individual 90 m SPEED SKATING:

Women’s 5,000 m FIGURE SKATING: Women’s free program HOCKEY: Semifinals

•CTV: 6:30-9 a.m.; 1:30-6 p.m.; recap: 8-11 p.m.

•CBS: 7-9 a.m.; recaps: 8-11:30 p.m.; 1:07-2:07 a.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 26

In 1992, Canada’s Chris Lori missed an Olympic bronze medal in the four-man bobsled event by a heartbreaking 11 one-hundredths of a second. His main competition this time is expected to come from Germany’s Hoppe, Switzerland’s Christian Meili—-and perhaps from his teammate Lueders. In short-track speed skating, Lambert is favored in the women’s 1,000-m race, Blackburn should challenge in the men’s 500 and the Canadian men’s relay team (Blackburn, Gagnon, Derrick Campbell and Stephen Gough) will face a strong challenge from Italy, the United States and New Zealand.

ALPINE: Women’s slalom BOBSLED: Four-man,

1 st and 2nd runs

BIATHLON: Men’s 4 x 7.5-km relay FIGURE SKATING: Exhibition HOCKEY:

Two playoff games; bronze-medal game SHORT-TRACK SPEED SKATING: Women’s 1,000-m finals; men’s 500-m finals; men’s 5,000-m relay finals

•CTV: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; recap: 7-10 p.m. •CBS: 1-6 p.m.; recaps: 7-11 p.m.;

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 27

Crossan and Grandi will compete in the men’s slalom race that features Tomba, Aamodt, Jure Kosir of Slovenia and Thomas Stangassinger of Austria. After finals in bobsled (watch for Lori or Lueders), cross-country and hockey, the 17th Winter Olympic Games will conclude with the closing ceremony.

ALPINE: Men’s slalom BOBSLED: Four-man final CROSS-COUNTRY:

Men’s 50-km classic HOCKEY: Gold-medal game CLOSING CEREMONIES

CTV: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; recap: 7-11 p.m. CBS: 9 a.m.-noon; 4-6 p.m.; recaps:

8-11 p.m.; 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.