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XIII (13th) WINTER GAMES
LAKE PLACID, USA | February 13th - 24th, 1980


Lake Placid, USA


Lake Placid 1980 Lake Placid, USA
XIIIth WINTER GAMES

February 13 - 24, 1980

Mascot - Roni the Racoon

37 countries, 1072 athletes (233 women)

6 sports, 38 events

Opening - Vice President Walter Mondale

Torch lit by - Dr. Charles Morgan Kerr

None - Vancouver withdrew before final vote

As the Winter Games reconvened for the second time in Lake Placid, N.Y., relations between East and West were in a deep freeze, after the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviets. President Jimmy Carter took advantage of this to call a boycott on the Moscow Games, contributing to the creation of a very difficult atmosphere. The IOC, guided by Lord Killanin, reacted strongly during the session held in Lake Placid in an attempt to salvage global participation in Moscow. Nevertheless, the Soviets and their allies, with the East Germans at the head, competed normally and dominated the competitions. The only absentees were 28 athletes from Taiwan who, in spite of an appeal to the Court of Appeal of New York, were not allowed to use the anthem and flag of China which was represented by the People’s Republic.

The United States felt it had to check Soviet Russian aggressiveness somewhere. And it did. Inside a hockey arena. Spectators saw two of the greatest moments in both American sports history and Olympic Winter Games history.. In what has since been known as "The Miracle on Ice," the young and inexperienced American hockey team defeated all the favorites, including the not-so-invincible Soviets. The joy of their win spread throughout America, and made for one of the most lively and memorable Games.

Eric Heiden won all five men's speed skating events, an achievement never before accomplished and never again matched. His performance was not totally unexpected. Coming into the Games he was the four-time world sprint champion and three-time world overall champion.

Liechtenstein's Hanni Wenzel took silver in the women's downhill and followed up with gold in both the slalom and giant slalom. Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark won both the men's giant slalom and slalom.

All six bobsled medals went to East Germany and Switzerland, which was not unexpected. But even with all the varied success, it was the Soviet Union that topped the medals table once again with 22.

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6 sports, 38 events

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BIATHLON

2

1

                 

3

BOBSLED

 

1

             

1

 

2

ICE HOCKEY

   

1

               

1

LUGE

1

2

                 

3

SKATING

                       

Figure Skating

2

1

               

1

4

Speed Skating

1

1

5

       

1

1

   

9

SKIING

                       

Alpine Skiing

     

2

2

2

         

6

Cross-Country Skiing

4

2

   

1

           

7

Nordic Combined

 

1

                 

1

Ski Jumping

     

1

   

1

       

2

TOTAL

10

9

6

3

3

2

1

1

1

1

1

38

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

(1 event added)
(24 Men, 12 Women, 2 Combined Events)

BIATHLON
M\10km: Frank Ullrich, East Germany
M\20km: Anatoliy Alyabiev, USSR
M\4x7.5km Relay: Soviet Union

BOBSLEIGH
M\Two-Man: Erich Scharer/Josef Benz, SUI
M\Four-Man: East Germany

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: United States

LUGE

M\Single: Bernhard Glass, East Germany
M\Double: Hans Rinn/Norbert Hahn, GDR
W\Single: Vera Zozula, USSR

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING

M\Downhill: Leonhard Stock, Austria
M\Slalom: Ingemar Stenmark, Sweden
M\Giant Slalom: Ingemar Stenmark, Sweden
W\Downhill: Annemarie Moser Proll, Austria
W\Slalom: Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein
W\Giant Slalom: Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING


M\15km Classical: Thomas Wassberg, Sweden
M\30km Classical: Nikolay Zimyatov, USSR
M\50km Classical: Nikolay Zimyatov, USSR
M\4x10km Relay: Soviet Union
W\5km Classical: Raisa Smetanina, USSR
W\10km Classical: Barbara Petzold, GDR
W\4x5km Relay: East Germany

NORDIC COMBINED
M\Individual: Ulrich Wehling, East Germany

SKI JUMPING
M\K-90 Individual: Anton Innauer, Austria
M\K-120 Individual: Jouko TÖRMÄNEN, Finland

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
M\Singles: Robin Cousins, Great Britain
W\Singles: Anett Potzsch, East Germany
Pairs: Irina Rodnina/Aleksandr Zaitsev, USSR
Ice-Dancing: Natalya Linichuk/Gennady Karponosov, USSR

SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Eric Heiden, United States
M\1000m: Eric Heiden, United States
M\1500m: Eric Heiden, United States
M\5000m: Eric Heiden, United States
M\10000m: Eric Heiden, United States
W\500m: Karin Enke, East Germany
W\1000m: Natalya Petruseva, USSR
W\1500m: Annie Borckink, Netherlands
W\3000m: Bjorg Eva Jensen, Norway

 

Country

G

S

B

TTL

USSR 

10

6

6

22

East Germany

9

7

7

23

United States

6

4

2

12

Austria

3

2

2

7

Sweden

3

0

1

4

Liechtenstein

2

2

0

4

Finland

1

5

3

9

Norway

1

3

6

10

Netherlands

1

2

1

4

Switzerland

1

1

3

5

Great Britain

1

0

0

1

West Germany

0

2

3

5

Italy

0

2

0

2

Canada

0

1

1

2

Hungary

0

1

0

1

Japan

0

1

0

1

Bulgaria

0

0

1

1

Czechoslovakia

0

0

1

1

France

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

38

39

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