1960 Winter Olympics

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The 1960 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VIII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held between February 18–28, 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, United States.wikipedia
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Squaw Valley, Placer County, California

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The 1960 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VIII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held between February 18–28, 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, United States.
It is home to Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Biathlon

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Women's speed skating and biathlon made their Olympic debuts.
The first Biathlon World Championship was held in 1958 in Austria, and in 1960 the sport was finally included in the Olympic Games.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort

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Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, and was the host site of the entire 1960 Winter Olympics.

Bobsleigh

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The organizers decided the bobsled events did not warrant the cost to build a venue, so for the first and only time bobsled was not on the Winter Olympic program.
Though not included in the 1960 Winter Olympics, bobsleigh has featured in every Winter Olympics since.

Walt Disney

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The chairman of the Pageantry Committee was Walt Disney, who was responsible for producing both the opening and closing ceremonies.
To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney's Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club; he was also involved in planning the 1959 Moscow Fair, the 1960 Winter Olympics, and the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Biathlon at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Biathlon at the 1960 Winter Olympics consisted of one biathlon event, held at McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California.

Canada at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Canadian Olympic officials objected to the use of "professional amateurs" by Eastern Bloc countries, and especially the Soviet Union.
Canada competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States.

Soviet Union at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Canadian Olympic officials objected to the use of "professional amateurs" by Eastern Bloc countries, and especially the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union (USSR) competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States.

United States at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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The team from the United States won an improbable gold medal, defeating the favored Canadian and Soviet teams, who took silver and bronze respectively.
The United States was the host nation for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.

Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink

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The ice hockey tournament took place at Blyth Arena and the Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink.
The Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink was a temporary venue constructed for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.

Sweden at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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They were however upset by Sweden in the 3×5 kilometer relay.
Sweden competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States.

Miracle on Ice

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This was the first Olympic gold medal in ice hockey for the United States and it would mark the last time a Soviet team did not win the Olympic tournament until the United States victory at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
In the four Olympics following their 1960 bronze-medal finish at Squaw Valley, Soviet teams had gone 27–1–1 (wins-losses-ties) and outscored their opponents 175–44.

Blyth Arena

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The Blyth Memorial Ice Arena was built along with three outdoor skating rinks, a 400-meter speed skating oval and four dormitories to house athletes.
It was built in 1959 as venue for ice hockey, figure-skating competitions and the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1960 Winter Olympics and held 8,500 people.

Finland at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Finnish skier Veikko Hakulinen added a gold, silver and bronze to the two golds and two silvers he had won in 1952 and 1956.
Finland competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, United States.

Speed skating

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Women's speed skating and biathlon made their Olympic debuts.
Artificial ices entered the long track competitions with the 1960 Winter Olympics, and the competitions in 1956 on Lake Misurina were the last Olympic competitions on natural ice.

1956 Winter Olympics

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The obscurity of the location was underscored at the closing ceremonies of the 1956 Winter Olympics.
The Cortina Games did not generate revenue from television – the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley were the first to do so – but were an experiment in the feasibility of televising a large multi-sport event.

United Team of Germany at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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German skier Georg Thoma became the first non-Nordic athlete to win the event.
Athletes from East Germany (German Democratic Republic; GDR) and West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany; FRG) competed together as the United Team of Germany at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States.

International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation

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Also, bobsleigh was not included in the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California for cost reasons in track construction.

Aleksandr Privalov

It encompassed a 20 kilometer cross-country race with four shooting stations at ranges from 100 to 250 m. Klas Lestander from Sweden became the first Olympic champion, Antti Tyrväinen from Finland and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov placed second and third respectively.
He received a bronze medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.

Antti Tyrväinen

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It encompassed a 20 kilometer cross-country race with four shooting stations at ranges from 100 to 250 m. Klas Lestander from Sweden became the first Olympic champion, Antti Tyrväinen from Finland and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov placed second and third respectively.
He received a silver medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, and silver medals in the World Championships in 1962 and 1963 together with a bronze medal in 1965.

Klas Lestander

It encompassed a 20 kilometer cross-country race with four shooting stations at ranges from 100 to 250 m. Klas Lestander from Sweden became the first Olympic champion, Antti Tyrväinen from Finland and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov placed second and third respectively.
Klas Ivar Vilhelm Lestander (born 18 April 1931) is a Swedish former biathlete who won a gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.

Carol Heiss

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The Olympic oath was taken by Carol Heiss on behalf of all the athletes.
She was the World and U.S. Champion each year, and at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, Heiss captured the gold medal, being ranked first by all nine judges.

Austria at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Niilo Halonen from Finland and Austrian Otto Leodolter earned the silver and bronze medals.
Austria competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States.

Czechoslovakia at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Czechoslovakian Karol Divín took the silver medal, and Canadian Donald Jackson won the bronze.
Czechoslovakia competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States.

Veikko Hakulinen

Finnish skier Veikko Hakulinen added a gold, silver and bronze to the two golds and two silvers he had won in 1952 and 1956.
Hakulinen was part of the Finland's winning relay team in the 1960 Winter Olympics, and won the 30 km gold in the 1956 Olympics.