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Grand finale
Grand finale

Little passion, lots of fun

The timing, deliberate or not, was perfetto. These Games were triple the size, with 80 countries, 84 medal events and 2,500 athletes spread among three villages. (By John Powers, Boston Globe)

Snowball effect for US

Any other year but this one, the Americans would have been spraying each other with Dom Perignon and heading off to the Costa del Sol for vacation. No other US Olympic team had ever come close to winning 25 medals at an overseas Winter Games. In fact, the previous high, achieved in 1994 (Lillehammer) and 1998 (Nagano), was ... (By John Powers, Boston Globe)
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