Where were the Winter Olympic Games 1960
Winter Olympics are a true feast for lovers of winter sports. No exception, and sporting events in 1960, which brought the fans of national teams a lot of pleasant moments.
VIII Winter Olympic Games were held in the US city of Squaw Valley, it was the second case of the adoption of the Winter Olympics in North America. 665 athletes from 30 countries participated in these games. A special feature of the Winter Olympics was that the first games were so high in the mountains - Valley Squaw Valley is located at an altitude of 1889 meters above sea level. The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in 1960 was held on February 18 Ice stadium, was attended by 15,000 spectators. Interestingly, the opening of the program prepared by Walt Disney himself. As a result of the Olympics first place in the team event won by athletes from the USSR, won 7 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze medals. Second place went to the combined team of Germany, it included athletes from West Germany, East Germany and West Berlin - they won 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze. In third place was the US team - 3 gold awards, 4 silver and 3 bronze. At the games in 1960 in the competition program was first included the biathlon, which later became one of the most spectacular sports disciplines of the Winter Olympics. The first Olympic gold medal was won by the Swede Klas Lestander, silver took the Finn Antti Tyurvyaynen, bronze - the Soviet Olympian Alexander Privalov. It had the great advantage of Soviet athletes in skating, taking six gold medals out of eight, three silver and three bronze. Poorly developed cross-country skiing in the USSR asset got only one award of the highest standard (Gusakova Maria, 10 km), two silver and four bronze medals. In this discipline, the bulk of awards played each other Swedes, Finns and Norwegians. The failure found and the performance of the Soviet national hockey team, who took third place. The first place was won by the US team, the second - in Canada. The Americans lost to the Soviet ice team with a score of 2: 3, by the Canadians suffered the biggest defeat - 5: 8. In figure skating at the time was dominated by the Americans. As at the last Olympics, skaters from the United States won two gold medals, one went to Canadians. Soviet skaters among the winners did not get their finest hour was still to come. In ski jumping was not equal to the athlete from the GDR Helmut Reknagelyu. Second place went to Finland, Austria third. After the close of the Eighth Winter Olympics in the Soviet Union has issued a series of stamps dedicated to the Games in Squaw Valley.