From the weather to the dramas to the inspiring stories, the 1994 Lillehammer Games not only set the standard, they also best represented the Olympic ideal.
The journey to the top of the Olympic podium has been a long one for Billy Demong and the U.S. Nordic combined team. But now that they're there, the sport has a chance to grow in the States.
The U.S. men's team made history Tuesday, bringing home the country's first Nordic combined team medal. For members of the team, it was a silver medal decades in the making.
Pull on the heavy Norwegian sweaters, throw down a shot of aquavit and heat up the fondue pots. After Johnny Spillane's medal in the Nordic combined, America now is a true Winter Olympian.