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2014 Winter Olympics: B.C.'s Greatest Moments In Games History (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

02/16/2014 05:06 EST | Updated 02/16/2014 05:59 EST
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British Columbia plays a major role in making Canada a dominant force at the Olympic Winter Games.

The province's triumphs reach all the way back to 1968, when skier Nancy Greene won the gold medal in women's giant slalom. Many more victories have since come in sports such as ice dancing, snowboarding, curling and hockey.

With British Columbians now on the medal count in Sochi, we thought we would take a look at the province's triumphs in past Winter Games.

B.C.'s Greatest Moments In Olympic Winter Games History

Nancy Greene Wins Women's Giant Slalom Gold

Skier Nancy Greene took the gold medal in women's giant slalom at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, as well as a silver in the slalom event. Greene has since jumped into politics and she now represents British Columbia in the Senate.

Tracy Wilson Wins Ice Dancing Bronze

Port Moody-trained Tracy Wilson won ice dancing bronze with partner Rob McCall at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Ross Rebagliati Wins Snowboarding Gold

Whistlerite Ross Rebagliati captured the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Controversy followed as a urine test found THC in his system. He was automatically disqualified, but the decision was later overturned.

B.C.-Based Curling Team Wins Bronze

A team of curlers based at New Westminster's Royal City Curling Club won a bronze for Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. They were skip Kelley Law and lead Diane Nelson, both from Burnaby; second Georgina Wheatcroft, from Nanaimo; third Julie Skinner, from Calgary; and alternate Cheryl Noble, from Victoria.

Paul Kariya's Spectacular Tying Goal

Vancouver's Paul Kariya scored one of the most spectacular goals in the 2002 Olympic hockey final in Salt Lake City. Defenceman Chris Pronger sent a pass that went right through Mario Lemieux's legs before the winger potted it past Team USA's Mike Richter to tie the game 1-1. Canada would go on to win 5-2.

Joe Sakic Scores 2 To Secure Gold

"Burnaby Joe" scored two goals to help Canada beat the United States in the men's hockey final at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Christine Keshen Wins Curling Bronze

Christine Keshen from Invermere took home a bronze as leader for Canada's Olympic curling team at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

Ashleigh McIvor Wins 1st-Ever Women's Ski Cross Gold

Whistler's Ashleigh McIvor made history when she won gold in women's ski-cross as the sport made its debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She has since retired from competitive racing and joined CBC's broadcast team for the Sochi Games.

Maëlle Ricker Wins Snowboard Cross Gold

North Vancouver-born Maëlle Ricker won the gold medal in snowboard cross during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Denny Morrison Wins Speedskating Gold

Fort St. John's Denny Morrison won a gold medal in the speedskating men's pursuit event alongside teammates Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Scott Niedermayer Leads Team Canada To Victory

Cranbrook-raised Scott Niedermayer captained a dominant Team Canada squad to an unforgettable 3-2 victory in men's hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Roberto Luongo Backstops Team Canada To Gold

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo took over in net for Martin Brodeur after an embarrassing defeat against Team USA. He then backstopped his team to a gold medal in men's hockey on the Canucks' home ice at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Teammate Helps Denny Morrison Win Speedskating Silver

In one of the most touching moments of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, speedskater Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the men's 1,000-metre event so that Denny Morrison could compete in his place. Morrison did right by his teammate as he captured a silver medal.

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