About the Games
A total of 665 athletes from 30 countries participated in Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. They competed in 27 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 14 teams) by: 1. USSR – 21 (7, 5, 9), 2. United Team of Germany – 8 (4, 3, 1), 3. USA – 10 (3, 4, 3).
This was the first and last time Australia competed in the ice hockey tournament.
These Games have been the only that bobsleigh has not been included in. The Organizing Committee refused to build a bobsleigh run because only nine nations had indicated an intention to participate.
Men’s biathlon and women’s speed skating made their Olympic debuts.
Alpine skiing judges became unsure whether a skier had missed a gate in the men’s slalom, so they asked CBS-TV if they could review a videotape of the race. That was how the idea of the “instant replay” was born.
French Jean Vuarnet became the first Alpine skier to win a medal on metal skis, instead of the traditional wooden ones.
South Africa competed at the Winter Games for the first time. After these Games apartheid policies prevented South Africa’s participation until 1994.
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