Where were the Winter Olympic Games 1968
In 1968, the International Olympic Committee has once again entrusted the conduct of the French games. This year, the capital of international sports competitions in winter sports became Grenoble.
The final decision on what the game will be held in Grenoble, was taken at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1964. Rivals Grenoble were the Japanese city of Sapporo, the capital of Norway, Oslo, and Lake Placid, located in the United States. French ski resort won by a small margin in the final round of the competition with the application of the Canadian city of Calgary. For 4 years several special sports facilities for the Games, such as the Olympic Stadium was built in Grenoble. Trails for skiing and toboggan competition already existed before, thereby reducing the financial cost of preparing for the Olympics. The game was attended by only 37 countries. This competition was the debut for the team of Morocco. Also Olympiad in 1968 was the first in which teams of East and West Germany took part separately. The first place in the unofficial medal standings ranked Norway, which reflected the high level of training of athletes of this team for winter sports. Best of all Norwegian skiers have shown themselves. Several medals brought as skaters and biathletes. Second with a lag of only one medal was the Soviet Union. Gold won the USSR national hockey team. Excellent were Soviet skaters. The pair Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov won first place, and Tatyana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelik came second. Also got one gold Soviet athletes for jumping, which was a significant success for the USSR in the discipline. Third was the team of France - the host country of the competition. Almost all the medals the team brought the skiers, the level of which in France is traditionally high. United States team showed a very average results, taking 9th place in the overall standings. The only gold medal the country has brought Peggy Fleming, serving in figure skating.