1968 Winter Olympics

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The 1968 Winter Olympics, officially known as the X Olympic Winter Games (Les Xes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1968 in Grenoble, France, and opened on 6 February.wikipedia
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Grenoble

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The 1968 Winter Olympics, officially known as the X Olympic Winter Games (Les Xes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1968 in Grenoble, France, and opened on 6 February.
This started with a booming glove industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, continued with the development of a strong hydropower industry in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, and ended with a post-World War II economic boom symbolized by the holding of the X Olympic Winter Games in 1968.

Peggy Fleming

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In women's figure skating, Peggy Fleming won the only United States gold medal. American figure skater Peggy Fleming built up a huge lead after the compulsory figures and easily won the first-place votes of all nine judges. Her victory marks the first gold medal won by an American after the 1961 Worlds tragedy, and heralds an American figure skating renaissance.
Her unusual style led to five U.S. titles, three World titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France.

List of Olympic mascots

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For the first time there was an Olympic mascot, although it was unofficial.
Ever since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, the Olympic Games have always had a mascot.

Norway at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Norway came away from the Games with the most medals: 6 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze.
Norway competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.

Dauphiné

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On 24 November 1960 the prefect of the Isère Département, François Raoul, and the president of the Dauphiné Ski Federation, Raoul Arduin, officially presented for the first time the idea of hosting the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble.
In 1968, Grenoble welcomed the Xth Olympic Winter Games, allowing a major transformation of the city, the development of infrastructure (airport, motorways, etc.) and new ski resorts (Chamrousse, Les Deux Alpes, Villard-de-Lans, etc.).

Alpe d'Huez

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All bobsleigh contests had to be scheduled to start before sunrise and end shortly after dawn because the track at L'Alpe d'Huez was designed with insufficient cooling capability and could not keep the ice solid in bright daylight.
Alpe d'Huez also has an altiport, the Alpe d'Huez Airport, built for the 10th Winter Olympics held at Grenoble in 1968.

Autrans

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At the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, it hosted the biathlon, cross country skiing, Nordic combined, and the ski jumping normal hill events.

France

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The 1968 Winter Olympics, officially known as the X Olympic Winter Games (Les Xes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1968 in Grenoble, France, and opened on 6 February.
Since 1900, France has hosted the Olympics on 4 further occasions: the 1924 Summer Olympics, again in Paris and three Winter Games (1924 in Chamonix, 1968 in Grenoble and 1992 in Albertville).

Schuss

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Grenoble 1968 is the first Olympiad to adopt a mascot, although unofficially. Schuss, the mascot, is a styled skier.
Schuss was also the unofficial mascot of the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, featuring a stylized cartoon character wearing skis; since then, every Olympic Games has had a mascot (excluding the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan).

Lake Placid, New York

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Art Devlin (September 7, 1922 – April 22, 2004) ski jumper, competed in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics, earned three Purple Hearts along with other military honors serving in World War II, founder of Art Devlin's Olympic Motor Inn in Lake Placid, a color commentator for ABC Sports during the 1964, 1968, 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics, led the effort to bring the 1980 Winter Olympics to Lake Placid. Born, raised, and lived in Lake Placid.

Chamrousse

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Chamrousse – alpine skiing (men)
Chamrousse hosted the six alpine skiing events of the 1968 Winter Olympics, where Jean-Claude Killy of France won three gold medals in the men's events.

Sabena Flight 548

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American figure skater Peggy Fleming built up a huge lead after the compulsory figures and easily won the first-place votes of all nine judges. Her victory marks the first gold medal won by an American after the 1961 Worlds tragedy, and heralds an American figure skating renaissance.
It was not until 1965 that the U.S. would start to win medals at the World Championships again; and the U.S. would not regain international prominence in figure skating until the 1968 Winter Olympics when Peggy Fleming won gold in the ladies' event and Tim Wood won silver in the men's.

Figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics was held at Le Stade Olympique de Glace in Grenoble, France.

Ice hockey at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1968 Winter Olympics held in Grenoble, France, was the 11th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 35th World Championships and the 46th European Championships.

Biathlon at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Biathlon at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of two biathlon events, held at Autrans.

Eugenio Monti

Italian bobsleigh pilot Eugenio Monti drove both the two-man and four-man events to win gold.
Finally, at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, a 40-year-old Monti won a gold in both the two-man and four-man events (the first non-German to do so).

Bobsleigh at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Bobsleigh at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of two events, at L'Alpe d'Huez.

Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held 9–17 February at Chamrousse, southeast of Grenoble, France.

Speed skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics, was held from 4 February to 12 February.

Nordic skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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At the 1968 Winter Olympics, ten Nordic skiing events were contested – seven cross-country skiing events, two ski jumping events, and one nordic combined event.

Luge at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Luge at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of three events at Villard-de-Lans.

Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte

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Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte – ski jumping (large hill)
The commune hosted the ski jumping individual large hill event for the 1968 Winter Olympics held in neighboring Grenoble, which was on the Le Moucherotte.

Palais des Sports (Grenoble)

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Le Stade de Glace in Paul Mistral Park – figure skating, ice hockey, medal ceremony, closing ceremonies
The figure skating events and some ice hockey games at the 1968 Winter Olympics were held at this arena called for the event Stade de glace.

1964 Winter Olympics

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Married couple Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov successfully defended their pairs figure skating title from Innsbruck for the Soviet Union.
Australian alpine skier Ross Milne and British luge slider Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypeski died during training shortly before the Games. The organising committee said that Ross crashed into a tree during a training run. The IOC suggested that inexperience might have played a role in Ross's death. Manager John Wagner suggested that overcrowding played a role, saying that Milne had tried to slow down "on a spot which was not prepared for stopping or swinging" to avoid a crowd of contestants. His brother Malcolm Milne competed at the 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics.