The ControversyJeff Gillooly, the then-husband of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding, arranged an attack on her U.S. rival, Nancy Kerrigan, a month before the Games. Both women competed, with Kerrigan winning the silver and Harding performing poorly. Harding was later banned for life both from competing in USFSA-sanctioned events and from becoming a sanctioned coach.
The SurpriseRussia won the most gold medals, while Norway won the most medals overall.
Logo inspirationThe logo included a stylized aurora borealis (northern lights), a natural phenomenon in Norway due to its northerly position, along with the five Olympic rings, snow crystals, and the title "Lillehammer '94" in a serif font.