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The legacy of Lillehammer

Published 6:24 AM ET, Tue November 5, 2013
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Ski jumper Stein Gruben prepares to leap into Olympic history at the 1994 Winter Games. When Lillehammer won hosting rights in 1988 few people outside Norway knew where it was. Today, it remains a center of excellence for winter sports. Bob Martin/ALLSPORT
The opening and closing ceremonies took place at the newly-built Lysgardsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena. The two hills are still regularly used for World Cup competitions. Mike Powell/ALLSPORT
Glorious weather contributed to the feelgood factor among Norwegian and foreign fans during the Games. Asmund Hanslien
Men's downhill skiing winner Tommy Moe from the U.S. proudly shows off his gold. All the medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics incorporated stone extracted from the ski jump arena during construction. Lillehammer was known as the first "green" Games, enshrining now-familiar values of conservation and sustainability. Phil Cole/ALLSPORT
The ski jump facilities can be used all year thanks to an artificial turf covering. Lillehammer and Lake Mjosa can be seen in the background. Courtesy of Lillehammer Olympiapark AS
Visitor numbers swelled during the 16-day event, but tourism for the wider region didn't pick up as predicted in the years after the Winter Games. Asmund Hanslien
The Birkebeiner cross-country race is one of four annual sporting events honoring the rescue of the boy who would become the 13th-century Norwegian king Haakon Haakonsson IV. All are extremely popular, attracting around 70,000 participants every year. Courtesy of Lillehammer Olympiapark AS
The 11,500-capacity Hakons Hall hosted ice hockey during the 1994 Olympics. It was built at a cost of $40 million. Asmund Hanslien
The post-Olympic Hakons Hall is a multi-purpose arena which has hosted two European and one World Handball Championships since 1999. Courtesy of Lillehammer Olympiapark AS
An exterior view of Hakons Hall during a Birkebeiner bicycle race. Courtesy of Lillehammer Olympiapark AS
A brand new bobsleigh and luge track was built for the 1994 Games. All of Lillehammer's Olympic facilities are open to the public year-round. Courtesy of Lillehammer Olympiapark AS