The Games are over and the athletes and ...
When the Olympic flame finally went out in the Rice-Eccles stadium in Salt Lake City on February 24 organisers could look back with reasonable satisfaction and many sighs of relief.
When IOC President Juan-Antonio Samaranch described the Nagano Games as the "best organised Winter Games", few disagreed.
Lillehammer's noteworthy effort in 1994 was extremely well organised, had easily accessible sites, huge, knowledgeable crowds, friendly local people and plenty of excellent, sporting competition - it was a model Winter Olympic event.
A record 64 countries took part in the Games, with Germany taking advantage of their revamped team to finish top of the medal standings with 26 medals (ten gold).