This Day In Sports History (February 23rd) – Albertville ’92
It was on this day in 1992 that the closing ceremonies were held for the 16th Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. The Germans took home the most medals with 26 (10 gold, 10 silver, 6 bronze) and their 10 gold’s were more that any other country. This would be the final time that the Winter and Summer Olympic games were held in the same year.
A group of nations called “Unified Team” would finish second in the medal standings with a total of 23 (9 gold, 6 silver, 8 bronze), with one of the gold’s coming in men’s ice hockey. The “Unified Team” consisted of six former Soviet Republics: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia and Uzbekistan. They would also compete at the summer games in Barcelona in 1992, before competing as independent nations in 1994.
The closing ceremonies for the Albertville games were quite a spectacle. Here’s a look at the incredible event.
Bobby Bonilla, MLB – Born February 23rd 1963 (age 48) in Bronx, New York
Jeff O’Neill, NHL – Born February 23rd 1976 (age 35) in Richmond Hill, Ontario
Charles Tillman, NFL – Born February 23rd 1981 (age 30) in Chicago, Illinois