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Squaw Valleyofficial symbol of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games1960 Winter Olympic Games

The 8th Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California, February 18-28, 1960. Athletes from 30 nations competed in 27 events. Women's speed skating and biathlon made their Olympic debuts, but the cost of building a special venue kept bobsledding off the program for the first (and to date only) time in Winter Olympics history. The Soviet Union, dominated the medal count, winning 21 medals, 7 of which were gold; 6 of the gold medals were won in speed skating events. The host team won three events.

Left: General view of the facilities at Squaw Valley, in Tahoe National Forest, where the 1960 Winter Games were held. The outdoor skating rink is at center left. The mountain in the background is Squaw Peak, site of the men's downhill race.

Carol Heiss, winner of the gold medal in women's figure skating with 1,490.1 points. She had won a silver medal in the event at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, in 1956.
Carol Heiss

Roger Staub passing a gate in the men's giant slalom, which he won in the time of 1 minute 48.3 seconds.
Roger Staub

Klara Guseva, gold medal winner in the 1,000-meter skating race for women. Her time was 1 minute 34.1 seconds.
Klara Guseva

Winners by Event
*Olympic and world record #ties world record
Robert Paul and Barbara Wagner, winners of the gold medal for pairs in figure skating with 80.4 points.
Robert Paul and Barbara Wagner

Yvonne Ruegg winning the women's giant slalom event. Her time was 1 minute 39.9 seconds.
Yvonne Ruegg

Bill Cleary (left) shooting for the U.S. team in an ice hockey match against the U.S.S.R. The U.S. won the gold medal in the event for the first time.
U.S. versus U.S.S.R.

Figure Skating
Men David Jenkins, United States 1,440.2 points
Women Carol Heiss, United States 1,490.1 points
Pairs Barbara Wagner and Bob Paul, Canada 80.4 points
Skiing, Men
Jumping Helmut Recknagel, Germany 227.2 points
Slalom Ernst Hinterseer, Austria 2 minutes 8.9 seconds
Giant Slalom Roger Staub, Switzerland 1 minute 48.3 seconds
Downhill Jean Vuarnet, France 2 minutes 6 seconds
15-km Cross-Country Haakon Brusveen, Norway 51 minutes 55.3 seconds
30-km Cross-Country Sixten Jernberg, Sweden 1 hour 51 minutes 3.9 seconds
50-km Cross-Country Kalevi Hamalainen, Finland 2 hours 59 minutes 6.3 seconds
Nordic Combined George Thoma, Germany 457.952 points
Biathlon Klas Lestander, Sweden 1 hour 33 minutes 21.6 seconds
40-km Relay Finland (Alatalo Toimi, Eoro Mantyrants, Valno Huhtala, Voikka Hakulinen) 2 hours 18 minutes 45.6 seconds
Skiing, Women
Slalom Anne Heggtveit, Canada 1 minute 49.8 seconds
Giant Slalom Yvonne Ruegg, Switzerland 1 minute 39.9 seconds
Downhill Heidi Biebl, Germany 1 minute 37.6 seconds
10-km Cross-Country Maria Gusakova, U.S.S.R. 39 minutes 46.6 seconds
15-km Relay Sweden (Irma Hohannsson, Britt Strandberg, Sonja Ruthstrom) 1 hour 4 minutes 21.4 seconds
Speed Skating, Men
500-meter Yevgeny Grishin, U.S.S.R. 40.2 seconds#
1,500-meter (tie) Roald Aas, Norway, and Yevgeny Grishin, U.S.S.R. 2 minutes 10.4 seconds
5,000-meter Viktor Kosichkin, U.S.S.R. 7 minutes 51.3 seconds
10,000-meter Knut Johannessen, Norway 15 minutes 46.6 seconds*
Speed Skating, Women
500-meter Helga Haase, Germany 45.9 seconds
1,000-meter Klara Guseva, U.S.S.R. 1 minute 34.1 seconds
1,500-meter Lydia Skoblikova, U.S.S.R. 2 minutes 25.2 seconds*
3,000-meter Lydia Skoblikova, U.S.S.R. 5 minutes 14.3 seconds
Ice Hockey
  United States  


Britannica Book of the Year Chicago: Encyclopędia Britannica, Inc., 1961


International Olympic Committee http://www.olympic.org/squaw-valley-1960-winter-olympics


In the Year 1960

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