On This Date 2/12/1994

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The era of the staggered Olympics begins with the opening ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. The International Olympic Committee had voted in 1986 to separate the winter and summer games. Instead of both events in the same year, they would alternate every two years. The opening ceremonies in Lillehammer were highlighted by a daring ski jump with the Olympic flame as Crown Prince Haakon Magnus lit the cauldron.