TORONTO--(Marketwire - February 4, 2010) - With the Vancouver Winter Olympics barely more than one week away, Olympic fever is definitely sweeping the country. In the spirit of the Games, the editors at Cheapflights Canada have compiled a list of 'Five Great Canadian Winter Olympic Moments'. And if you are looking for some great ski and winter activity destinations, then the past Olympic host cities are ideal vacation spots with their phenomenal ski and winter sports facilities. At you can find great deals to these destinations where Canadians made Olympic history and joined together to share moments of national pride around the world.


1: Lillehammer, 1994 -- Myriam Bedard is first North American athlete to win an Olympic biathlon

At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, Myriam Bedard from Quebec won both the 7.5 km and 15 km women's individual biathlon events. Bedard became the first athlete from North America to win an Olympic biathlon event.

Known as a "Scandinavian Treasure" with record snow conditions ensuring a long winter sports season, Lillehammer is located within a 150 km drive from Oslo Airport. Return flights start from just C$741 per person, departing MONTREAL TRUDEAU AIRPORT. Travel is valid from now until mid March 2010. Search and compare cheap flights to Oslo for more fantastic offers.

2: Nagano, 1998 -- 'Schmirler the Curler' leads Canadian team to win gold

The 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, were the first Olympics to make curling an official medal sport and it was Saskatchewan-born Sandra Schmirler, nicknamed "Schmirler the Curler," who skippered her Canadian team to defeat Denmark and win the Olympic gold medal.

3: Nagano, 1998 -- Ross Rebagliati wins first ever gold medal in snowboarding

Vancouver born Ross Rebagliati was the first ever gold medallist in a snowboarding event in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

Located in the Japanese Alps and just 90 minutes from Tokyo, Nagano offers some of the best skiing in Japan and is known for its winter tourism activities. Return flights start from just US$886 per person, departing VANCOUVER. Travel is valid from now until mid February 2010. Search and compare cheap flights to Tokyo for more fantastic offers.

4: Salt Lake City, 2002 -- Canada Men's and Women's Hockey Teams beat US to win both gold medals

At the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, both the men's and women's hockey tournaments were won by Canada's teams with each team defeating the host United States in the final round to secure gold medals. It was a great moment in Canadian history when the men's team, with Captain Mario Lemieux at the helm, defeated the US with a final score of 5 to 2. Canada's National Women's Team also defeated the US with a final score of 3 to 2 making the win the first women's hockey gold for Canada.

Return flights to Salt Lake City, known for the "greatest snow on earth, start from just C$390 per person, departing VANCOUVER. Travel is valid from now until late March 2010. Search and compare cheap flights to Salt Lake City for more fantastic offers.

5: Innsbruck, 1976 -- Kathy Kreiner wins gold in giant slalom -- the only gold medal won by Canadians at the Games

Friday the 13th, 1976, was a lucky day for Kathy Kreiner from Ontario. At 18-years of age, Kreiner finished first in the giant slalom course at Innsbruck, Austria. Kreiner's win produced the only gold medal won by a Canadian at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Return flights to Innsbruck, Austria, located in the heart of the Alps, start from just US$1098 per person, departing TORONTO PEARSON AIRPORT. Travel is valid from now until late February 2010. Search and compare cheap flights to Innsbruck for more fantastic offers.

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