11 Winter Olympic Games,1972
Begin1972-02-03
End1972-02-13
Nations35
Participants1006
Women205
Events35
CitySapporo, Japan
  • For the first time, Sapporo, Japan was selected as host city of the Olympics 1940, but the Sino-Japanese incident caused the Winter Olympic games 1940 was reassigned and later was cancelled due World War II.
  • In April 1966 at the 64th IOC session in Rome, finally, the Winter Olympics 1972 was awarded to Sapporo, Japan with 32 votes. The other candidate cities were Banff, Canada - 16 votes, Salt Lake City, USA and Lahti, Finland with seven votes each.
  • It was the first Winter Olympics in Asia.
Sapporo 1972 - Medal Table
1. USSR
8
5
3
2. GDR
4
3
7
4
3
3
4
3
2
5. USA
3
2
3
6. FRG
3
1
1
7. Norway
2
5
5
8. Italy
2
2
1
9. Austria
1
2
2
10. Sweden
1
1
2
11. Japan
1
1
1
1
0
2
13. Poland
1
0
0
13. Spain
1
0
0
15. Finland
0
4
1
16. France
0
1
2
17. Canada
0
1
0
11 Winter Olympic Games,1972 - Some interesting facts
  • The Emperor Hirohito officially opened the 11 Winter Olympic games 1972.
  • Austrian skier Karl Schranz was banned to compete for receiving payment from ski product manufacturers.
  • When IOC and IIHF did not permit to include the NHL players in hockey teams while full-time players from the Communist countries, who officially were not professionals, were allowed to compete, Canada boycoted the 1972 Olympic hockey tournament.
  • Galina Kulakova of the USSR won all three wonen's events in Cross-country. Ard Schenk of the Netherlands won three golds in Speed skating with a wide margin and became a national hero in the Netherlands that a flower was named in his honour: Crocus chrysanthus Ard Schenk.
The 1972 Winter Olympic Games
Poster and Medals