Former Winter Universiade Host Bidding for Winter Olympics

Brussels, 15/05/2002

The town of Jaca, Spain is official bid city to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. It's not the first time Jaca is bidding to bring the Winter Olympics to Spain. The town was also a candidate for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Games.

Jaca, situated in the province of Huesca, amidst the Aragonese Pyrenees has hosted the Winter Universiade twice, in 1981 and 1995!

Since Jaca is bidding to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, it is a perfect opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane and look back at the highlights of those two Winter Universiades.

Former FISU President, the late Primo Nebiolo and former IOC President Juan Samaranch at the Opening Ceremony of the 1981 Winter Universiade in Jaca, Spain
With 28 countries participating, the 1981 Winter Universiade was attended for the first time in FISU Winter Universiade history by a Mexican delegation. All athletes were well prepared for this sporting event, but the Russians literally roared through practically every event. They took the two top places in the men's downhill and the first place in the women's, as well as three gold medals, three silver and three bronze in various Nordic events. They also acquired the gold in the ski jump as well as in the ice skating events, except for the ice hockey competition. There the Canadians proved to be the true masters of the game they invented by taking home the gold.
In 1981, the Russians dominated the medal podium in almost every discipline, such as the men's down hill race
Jaca' s effort also represented a significant upgrade for the future of university sport. More than 200 journalists were accredited to report on the 1981 event.

Fourteen years later Jaca brought the Winter Universiade back to Spain. Some 180 athletes from 34 countries were welcomed by their majesties the King and Queen of Spain, who were present at the Opening Ceremony. The 1995 Winter Universiade is remembered in FISU history as one where lots of records were broken. Not only in terms of participants, but also from a sports point of view. The short track competition was crowned with nine (!) university records, as well as two world records set by Korean skaters So-Hee Kim and Lee-Kyung Chun. The combined Nordic offered Belarus the first occasion to take the gold as an independent nation. So did Kazakhstan in the ice hockey competition. Snowboarding featured as a demonstration sport at the 1995 Winter Universiade.

If you want to revisit the site of the 1981 and 1995 Winter Universiades and want to learn more about the Jaca bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics, surf to
The late Primo Nebiolo and their majesties the King and Queen of Spain at the Opening Ceremony in 1995
A victorious Team Kazakhstan winning the gold medal in the ice hockey competition at the 1995 Winter Universiade in Jaca, Spain