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Photo Galleries Friday, 8 February, 2002, 14:09 GMT
Final countdown to Games

Torch bearer Chris Waddell starts the celebrations by lighting the Olympic cauldron
Paralympic gold medal winnel Chris Waddell brings the torch to Salt Lake City to light the cauldron

Salt Lake City's residents gather to watch the start of the Olympic celebrations
Salt Lake City's City Hall is illuminated by fireworks after the Olympic torch arrives

Kwan practices her routine at the start of her quest for Olympic gold
US figure skater Michelle Kwan puts in some last minute practice on the ice

USA won the game 7-0 to stretch their unbeaten record to 32 games
The USA and Russia's women's teams play an exhibition ice hockey game to warm up for the Games

Moffet puts in some practice for the Luge
Canadian Luger Chris Moffet on his final practice runs before he embarks on his bid for gold

Slavik practices the luge on his final training day in Salt Lake City
The USA's homeguard get in on the action, watching luger Jaroslav Slavik of Slovakia on his training day

The Winter Olympics is a draw for professionals and amateurs alike
Local skiers are caught up in the excitement as they put in a little training of their own

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