Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994

The XVII Olympic winter games in Lillehammer were held in the year, which marked the 100th anniversary of the Olympic movement (1984-1994), in the International Year of Sport and Olympic Ideal, and included 67 countries with 1,737 athletes (522 women). Media coverage was ensured by 6,633 media members (2,615 print and 4,018 broadcast media members). There were 9,054 volunteers. These Games revived the memory of the 1984 winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, the citizens of which were suffering under war and occupation in that Olympic year of 1994. The International Olympic family led by President Juan Antonio Samaranch sent an appeal to the global community: "In memory of Sarajevo: Our message is stronger than ever: Please stop the fighting. Stop the killing. Drop your guns." Norwegian king Harald V opened the Games, cross-country skier Vegard Ulvang took the Olympic Oath on behalf
of the athletes and figure skating referee Kari Karing on behalf of all officials.

Flag bearers: At the Opening Ceremony: Vedran Pavlek
                    At the Closing Ceremony: Vedran Pavlek

6-Member Delegation in Norway

At the XVII Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Croatia was represented by a 6-member delegation led by Chef de Mission Sanda Dubravčić Šimunjak, Croatia's best figure skater, 1981 European Vice-Champion from Innsbruck and participant of the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, where she also lit the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony. 

Chef de Mission Sanda Dubravčić Šimunjak. Chef de Mission at Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994, an Olympic athlete who participated in the 1980 Games in Lake Placid and the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo. The only Croatian athlete, who has lit the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony of any Olympic Games (she did it at Sarajevo 1984). She was a member of the Croatian Olympic Committee Council. She is an international figure skating referee and advisor to the International Skating Union.

Alpine skiing, Men
Giant Slalom
Vedran Pavlek
1:32.13 / 1:26.78; 32nd in 1st Run
Final rank: 27th place