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1932 Winter Olympic Games1932 Winter Olympic Games The 3rd Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York, from February 4 through February 13, 1932, making them the first Winter Games to be held in North America. A total of 252 athletes from 17 nations competed in a total of 14 events.
1932 Summer Olympic Games1932 Summer Olympic Games The 10th Summer Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles, California, from July 30 to August 14, 1932. A total of 1,922 athletes (1,720 men and 202 women) from 37 countries participated in 131 events in 18 sports. These games featured the first automatic timing in track and field events and a victory platform.
1936 Summer Olympic Games1936 Summer Olympic Games The 11th Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany, from August 1 to August 16, 1936. 3,963 athletes (331 women, 3,632 men), from 49 nations, participated in a total of 129 events. 1936 saw the introduction of the torch relay, and these were the first Olympics to be broadcast on a form of television.
1956 Winter Olympic Games1956 Winter Olympic Games The 7th Winter Olympics were held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, from January 26 to February 5, 1956. 821 athletes (134 women, 687 men) from 32 nations participated in a total of 24 events. These were the first Olympic Games to be televised.
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 cost kept bobsledding off the program for the first (and to date only) time in Winter Olympics history.
1960 Summer Olympic Games1960 Summer Olympic Games A field of nearly 6,000 athletes from 83 nations took part in the games of the XVII Olympiad at Rome, Italy, August 25-September 11, 1960. More than 2,000,000 spectators viewed the 18-sport competition, in which athletes broke 54 Olympic records and established 14 new world records.
1972 Summer Olympic Games1972 Summer Olympic Games The 20th Summer Olympic Games were held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, 1972. A total of 7,134 athletes (6,075 men, 1,059 women) from 121 countries participated in a total of 195 events. The Games were marred by an act of terrorism that left 11 members of the Israeli team dead, but enlightened by Mark Spitz's record 7 gold medals.
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