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1960 Winter Olympics

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VIII Olympic Winter Games
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Nations participating 30
Athletes participating 665 (521 men, 144 women)
Events 27 in four sports
Opening ceremony February 18, 1960
Closing ceremony February 28, 1960
Officially opened by Richard Nixon
Athlete's Oath Carol Heiss
Official's Oath n/a
Olympic Torch Ken Henry

The VIII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, USA.

Alexander Cushing, the creator of the resort, campaigned vigorously to win the Games. Then, there was a rush to construct roads, hotels, restaurants, and bridges, as well as the Ice Arena, the speed skating track, ski lifts, and the ski jumping hill.

The temporary parking lot was built on the frozen flood plain of the nearby stream, but was destroyed when unseasonable rains washed it out. The U.S. military was called in to repair the damage to the packed-snow and ice lot before the Games began.

Walt Disney was the Head of Pageantry for the Games. CBS paid $50,000 for the right to broadcast the games in the USA. [1] (http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/O/htmlO/olympicsand/olympicsand.htm)

The Olympic Village housed all the athletes.

An early IBM computer was used to calculate the results.

This Winter Olympics introduced Disney artist John Hench's Olympic torch design, which all further torches would be based on. The Olympic flame was lit in the cottage of Sondre Norheim in Morgedal, Norway, and was brought to Los Angeles by plane from Oslo. It is still burning in Squaw Valley.

There were 15 alpine and ski jumping events, eight speed skiing events, and three figure skating events. However, there was no bobsleigh run.

1960 was the first year for women's speed skating and the men's biathlon.

Medal winners

Medal count

Top medal-collecting nations:

(Host nation in bold.)

1960 Winter Olympics medal count
Pos. Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
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USSR
7 5 9 21
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United Team of Germany¹
4 3 1 8
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United States
3 4 3 10
4 Norway 3 3 0 6
5 Sweden 3 2 2 7
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Finland
2 3 3 8
7 Canada 2 1 1 4
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Switzerland
2 0 0 2
9 Austria 1 2 3 6
10 France 1 0 2 3

(¹ Athletes from East and West Germany competed together as the "United Team of Germany," designated as the EUA. This combined team appeared in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Winter Olympics).


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¹Not currently recognised as official by the IOC.     ²Cancelled due to war.

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