The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are set to begin on Feb. 9, so now seems like a terrific time to look back on a few competitions past — and for many millennials and Gen X-ers, nothing beats the Games we grew up with. The ‘90s were full of inspiring Winter Olympic moments, from records that were set to what might best be described as triumphs of the human spirit. When the Olympics were revived in 1896, their purpose was to promote unity and peace between all the participating countries — so it’s fitting that so many feel-good moments have emerged from the decades of competitions since.
The Winter Olympics occurred three times in the ‘90s: In 1992 at Albertville, France; in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway; and in 1998 at Nagano, Japan. Notably, the 1992 Games were the last Winter Olympics to occur during the same year as the Summer Olympics — hence the shorter length of time between the first and second Winter Games during the decade. Previously, the Winter Games were always celebrated every four years during the same year as the Summer Games; however, after 1992, the rule was changed, leading the next Winter Games to take place in 1994 and the next Summer Games to occur in 1996.
Given, then, that there were three winter competitions during the ‘90s, rather than the slightly more typical two, there are plenty of inspirational moments to look back on as we prepare for the 2018 Games. Here are nine of my personal favorites — although the reare plenty more where these came from if you know where to look.