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1992—Albertville, France Apr 14

Ah, France. Who doesn’t love to vacation in France? The Norwegians certainly had a good time when they visited in 1992—they took every single men’s cross-country skiing event. Two Norwegians took three golds each. Everyone had a good time, except Nicholas Bochatay, a Swiss speed skater, who died in a collision with a snow-grooming machine. Speed skating was a demonstration sport that year; it has not become an Olympic event.

Albertville is on the far eastern edge of France, deep in the French Alps. The town is not exactly flat—its altitude varies from just over1100 to nearly  6700 ft. So sledding down some of those streets would be pretty fun for the kids, if you could get rid of the traffic—the town has a population of about 20,000. Even though the people prefer to call themselves an industrial town, you can still find lots of sights to see, plenty of history, and wonderful French cooking. You can even try out the Olympic skating rink.


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