In order to comply with the new Olympic Games calendar, modified by the International Olympic Committee in 1986, the XVII Olympic Winter Games were organised in Lillehammer in 1994. The summer and winter Games were no longer to be held in the same year.
After the opening speech in which President Samaranch urged the belligerent Yugoslavs to “stop the massacre”, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway announced the official opening of the Games. 1 737 athletes from 67 countries took part in 61 events from 12th to 27th February 1994.
Prince Haakon lights the Olympic flame
5 Monegasque athletes with officials, doctor, photographer, team leaders, trainers and coaches…. take part in the Games.
H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Albert, the standard bearer, leads the Monegasque delegation.
- In the 2-man bobsleigh event, with Hereditary Prince Albert as pilot, teaming up with Gilbert Bessi, the Principality's representatives ranked 31st out of 42.
- In the 4-man bobsleigh event, with Hereditary Prince Albert as pilot, teaming up with Gilbert Bessi, Pascal Camia and David Tomatis, the Principality's representatives finished 26th out of 29.
- In the Alpine skiing and the super G events, Julien Castellini was forced to withdraw due to a fall.
The Monegasque crew gets ready to launch itself on the Olympic track
For its fourth participation in the Winter Olympics, the Principality was proud of the results achieved in particularly difficult weather conditions..