In preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9th, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in Winter Olympics history.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games open February 9th in Pyeongchang, South Korea and will undoubtedly captivate audiences around the world. There are few sporting events that offer more drama and emotion than the Olympics, with the world’s most skilled athletes performing on a world stage, competing for the most prestigious awards in athletics. And all of it will be captured in photographs and video for generations to relive. Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable and historic moments in Winter Olympics history.

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In 1980, the United States Men’s hockey team shocked the world by defeating the heavily favored USSR in what would become known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

The U.S. hockey team pounces on goalie Jim Craig after a 4-3 victory against the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics, as a flag waves from the partisan Lake Placid, N.Y. crowd. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6605545a)

In 1976, Franz Klammer of Austria set a record for the fastest downhill skiing time in Olympic history and was swarmed by fans in the aftermath.

Men’s Downhill gold medal winner Franz Klammer of Austria at Patscherkofel Igls 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Photo by Colorsport/Shutterstock (3147454a)

In 1988, Brian Boitano won the men’s figure skating gold medal, defeating Canada’s Brian Orser in the “Battle of the Brians.”

Brian Boitano of Sunnyvale, Calif., leaps in the air, touching his skates during the free skating competition in Calgary, Canada. Boitano won the Olympic men’s figure skating championship, giving the United States its first gold medal in the XV Winter Olympics. Photo by John Redman/AP/Shutterstock (7318572d)

In 1994, Ukrainian figure skater Oksana Baiul wins the gold medal after suffering injuries in a practice session, becoming the first figure skater to win for an independent Ukraine.

Ukrainian figure skater Oksana Baiul wipes away a tear after accepting her gold medal for ladies figure skating at the Winter Games, in Hamar, Norway. Photo by DENIS PAQUIN/AP/Shutterstock (7294422a)

In 1994, the rivalry between American figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan erupted in scandal when Kerrigan was assaulted after a practice session, which was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.

Nancy Kerrigan, left, and Tonya Harding work out during an Olympic practice session at Hamar Olympic Amphitheater, Hamar, Norway. Photo by Doug Mills/AP/Shutterstock (7309685a)

In 1994, American speed skater Dan Jensen finally wins the gold medal in his final race after coming up short in 1988 and 1992. During the 1988 games, he competed hours after learning his sister died at 27 from Leukemia.

American speed skater Dan Jansen with his daughter Jane, 8 1/2 months old, takes a gold medal victory lap following the men’s 1,000 meter event at Hamar Olympic Hall in Hamar, Norway. Photo by JOHN GAPS III/AP/Shutterstock (7250371a)

In 1994, American speed skater Bonnie Blair becomes one of the most decorated athletes in Olympics history after capturing her fifth gold medal.

American speed skater Bonnie Blair takes her victory lap with the Olympic mascots after winning the 1,000 meter event in Hamar, Norway. This is Blair’s fifth Olympic gold medal, more than any American woman. Photo by DOUG MILLS/AP/Shutterstock (7250365a)

In 2002, American Apolo Anton Ohno became a star by capturing a controversial Gold Medal in 1,500 meter short-track speedskating when South Korean competitor Kim Dong-Sung was disqualified. Ohno went on to pop culture fame as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars. “

Apolo Anton Ohno celebrates with his gold medal for the 1,500 meter short-track speedskating race at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  Photo by DOUG MILLS/AP/Shutterstock (6460636a)

In 1988, the Jamaican bobsleigh team inspired the world when they walked to the finish line after crashing during a qualifying run. Hollywood told their story in the 1993 film “Cool Runnings.”

JAMAICAN TWO MAN BOB CALGARY 1988 OLYMPICS Canada Calgary. Photo by Colorsport/Shutterstock (3091404a)

In 1968, figure skater Peggy Fleming became an American hero when she won the only gold medal for the USA, seven years after the figure skating team and her coach perished in a tragic plane crash.

American Peggy Fleming is kissed by Czech Hana Maskova, left, and German Gabriele Seyfert, right, after winning the gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Geneva. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (7389964a)

In 2006, German speed skater Claudia Pechstein won her ninth career medal making her the most decorated speed skater in history as well as the most successful German Winter Olympian of all time.

Claudia Pechstein of Germany in Action During Speed Skating – Ladies’ 5000 M Event at the Lingotto Oval in Turin at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Patrick Hattori/EPA/Shutterstock (7588701dy)

In 1998, Austrian Hermann Maier took home two Gold Medals in alpine skiing after a dramatic crash that nearly paralyzed him.

Austria’s Hermann Maier passes a gate during the Men’s Giant Slalom at the XVIII Winter Olympic Games on Mount Higashidate in Shiga Kogen. Photo by DIETHER ENDLICHER/AP/Shutterstock (7277263a)

In 1984, British figure skating duo Torvill and Dean won the gold medal after receiving the highest score for skaters during their performance to Ravel’s “Bolero,” which was watched by an estimated 24 million people in Britain.


In 2010, Shaun White led team USA to a record-setting 37 medals in snowboarding.

Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Gold Medal Winner Shaun White (c) of Usa is Flanked on the Podium by Silver Medalist Peetu Piiroinen (l) of Finland and Bronze Winner Scott Lago (r) of Usa Cheer on the Podium During the Medal Ceremony at the Bc Place in Vancouver Canada. Photo by Dan Levine/EPA/Shutterstock (7617440t)

In 2014, biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway won his 12th and 13th career medals at the Sochi games, making him the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway in Action During the Men’s 10km Sprint Competition at the Laura Biathlon Center During the Sochi 2014 Olympic. Photo by Hendrik Schmidt/Epa/Shutterstock (7972268ff)

In 1980, American speed skater Eric Heiden won a record five gold medals and set four Olympic records, becoming one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history and an icon of the sport.

Eric Heiden, of Madison, Wis. (USA) speeds towards his third goal medal in the Olympic speed skating events, grabbing the first place of the 1,000 meters. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6614719d)

In 2002, American Vonetta Flowers became the first black athlete to win a medal in the Winter Olympics, when she won the two-person bobsleigh medal with teammate Jill Bakken.

Vonetta Flowers, left, and Jill Bakken, American gold medal winners in the two-woman bobsleigh competition at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, celebrate at the awards ceremony in downtown Salt Lake City. Photo by DARRON CUMMINGS/AP/Shutterstock (6456612b)

In 1998, the US Women’s Hockey team upset the favored Canadians to capture the gold medal in the first ever women’s hockey competition at the Winter Olympics.

US-Canada hockey, showing members of the U.S. women’s hockey team celebrating their gold-medal win against Canada during their finals match at the XVIII Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Photo by DENIS PAQUIN/AP/Shutterstock (7311834a)

In 1988, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards became the first British athlete to compete in ski jumping since 1928. Although he finished last in both competitions, he became a hero and symbol of British determination.

Eddie (The Eagle) Edwards (GBR) Ski Jumping Winter Olympics 1988 Calgary. Photo by Colorsport/Shutterstock (3118270a)

In 2002, German luger Georg Hackl won the Silver Medal in the men’s singles becoming the first Olympian to win a medal in five consecutive Winter Olympics.

Georg Hackl of Germany smiles after his final and silver medal winning run in the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. Photo by JOE CAVARETTA/AP/Shutterstock (6460401a)