Lillehammer, Norway (1994)
The creative direction for the '94 Opening Cermony was meant to present a range of Norwegian culture. While noble in theory, what translated to TV was a hybrid mix of Fantasia meets the X Games. Watch as Stein Gruben dominates the towering Lysgårdsbakken, the host's city's famed ski jumping hill. But few remember that Gruben came off the bench for that run. Ole Gunnar Fidjestol, a Bronze Medalist for Norway at in '88, was the first-choice until he took a spill in practice, lost consciousness and sprained his neck. In a pinch, the spot went to Gruben, his understudy. "I am sorry for Ole," Gruben told the New York Times in '94. "But I can't think about what happened to him. I have a job to do." And did it he did.