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X (10th) WINTER GAMES
GRENOBLE, FRANCE | February 6th - 16th, 1968


Grenoble, FRA


Grenoble 1968

Grenoble, France
Xth WINTER GAMES

February 6 - 16, 1968

Mascot - Schuss

37 countries, 1158 athletes (211 women)

6 sports, 35 events

Opening - President Charles de Gaulle

Torch lit by - Alain Calmat (figure skating)

Candidates: Calgary, Lahti/Are (SWE), Lake Placid, Oslo, Sapporo

The great patron of this edition of the games was considered General Charles de Gaulle who wanted a great international event for France. In fact the Grenoble games can be considered the "Grandiose" Olympics. This was confirmed in the opening ceremony with 18 thousand persons, the Olympic flame transported from Athens by air, a shower of thousands of scented paper roses from three helicopters with 5 circles drawn in the sky by the smoke of the parachutists, the Olympic flags shot into the air by cannons. General de Gaulle personally read the oath.

For the first time since the end of World War II, East and West German athletes competed on separate teams. And the International Olympic Committee set a precedent by ordering the first drug and gender testing of Olympic athletes.

However the Alpine skiers aroused a heated controversy, being accused of breaking the rules of amateur status because of the very obvious advertising brands on their equipment which the IOC had not wanted to appear either during interviews or in photos. This warning was so blatantly disregarded that Avery Brundage himself refused to present the medals.

These were the Olympics of Jean-Claude Killy. Killy wowed his home crowd and repeated the achievement of Toni Sailer, sweeping the alpine events. In women's alpine, Canadian Nancy Greene won a gold in the giant slalom and a silver in the slalom.

In the nordic events, the Scandinavian countries were shocked twice. First Franco Nones, an Italian, became the first non-Scandinavian to win a cross-country skiing race when he claimed gold in the 30 km. Then Vladimir Beloussov became the first and only man from the Soviet Union to win a ski jumping event when he took gold in the 90-meter competition. Eugenio Monti -- the nine-time World Champion bobsledder -- finally won gold, sweeping the bobsledding events in his final Olympic attempt. Peggy Fleming easily won gold in the ladies' figure skating competition, while in one of the biggest surprises of the Games, Austrian Emmerich Danzer -- the 1966 and 1967 world champion -- did not even medal. His countryman Wolfgang Schwarz claimed gold in men's figure skating.

The Soviet Union lost its dominance on the speed-skating track, with Norway picking up the slack. Norway regained its status as the top medal-winner with 14.

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6 sports, 35 events

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BIATHLON

1

1

                     

2

BOBSLEIGH

     

2

                 

2

ICE HOCKEY

 

1

                     

1

LUGE

     

1

1

       

1

     

3

SKATING

                           

Figure Skating

 

1

   

1

     

1

       

3

Speed Skating

1

1

     

3

1

1

   

1

   

8

SKIING

                           

Alpine Skiing

   

4

 

1

             

1

6

Cross-Country Skiing

4

   

1

   

2

           

7

Nordic Combined

             

1

         

1

Ski Jumping

 

1

                 

1

 

2

TOTAL

6

5

4

4

3

3

3

2

1

1

1

1

1

35

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

(1 event added)
(22 Men, 12 Women, 1 Combined Events)

BIATHLON
M\20km: Magnar Solberg, Norway
M\4x7.5km Relay: Soviet Union

BOBSLEIGH
M\Two-Man: Eugenio Monti/Luciano de Paolis, ITA
M\Four-Man: Italy

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Soviet Union

LUGE

M\Single: Manfred Schmid, Austria
M\Double: Thomas Köhler/Klaus Bonsack, GDR
W\Single: Erica Lechner, Italy

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING

M\Downhill: Jean-Claude Killy, France
M\Slalom: Jean-Claude Killy, France
M\Giant Slalom: Jean-Claude Killy, France
W\Downhill: Olga Pall, Austria
W\Slalom: Marielle Goitschel, France
W\Giant Slalom: Nancy Greene, Canada

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
M\15km Classical: Harald Gronningen, Norway
M\30km Classical: Franco Nones, Italy
M\50km Classical: Ole Ellefsaeter, Norway
M\4x10km Relay: Norway
W\5km Classical: Toini Gustafsson, Sweden
W\10km Classical: Toini Gustafsson, Sweden
W\3x5km Relay: Norway

NORDIC COMBINED
M\Individual: Franz Keller, West Germany

SKI JUMPING
M\K-90 Individual: Jiri Raska, Czechoslovakia
M\K-120 Individual: Vladimir Belousov, USSR

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
M\Singles: Wolfgang Schwarz, Austria
W\Singles: Peggy Fleming, United States
Pairs: Lyudmila Belousova/Oleg Protopopov, USSR

SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Erhard Keller, West Germany
M\1500m: Cornelis Verkerk, Netherlands
M\5000m: Fred Anton Maier, Norway
M\10000m: Johnny Hoglin, Sweden
W\500m: Lyudmila Titova, USSR
W\1000m: Carolina Geijssen, Netherlands
W\1500m: Kaija Mustonen, Finland
W\3000m: Johanna Schut, Netherlands

Country

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B

TTL

Norway

6

6

2

14

USSR 

5

5

3

13

France

4

3

2

9

Italy

4

0

0

4

Austria

3

4

4

11

Netherlands

3

3

3

9

Sweden

3

2

3

8

West Germany

2

2

3

7

United States

1

5

1

7

East Germany

1

2

2

5

Finland

1

2

2

5

Czechoslovakia

1

2

1

4

Canada

1

1

1

3

Switzerland

0

2

4

6

Romania

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

35

39

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