12 Winter Olympic Games,1976
- In May 1970 at the 69th IOC session in Amsterdam, Denver, USA was selected to host the Winter Olympics 1976, but the residents of Colorado vetoed the Olympics in a referendums because of financial and ecological reasons.
- In February 1973 in Lausanne, IOC awarded the 12 Winter Olympics 1976 to Innsbruck, Austria.
- The other towns applying were Garmisch-Partenkirchen, FRG, Salt Lake City, USA, Tampere, Finland, Chamonix, France and Lake Placid, USA.
Innsbruck 1976 - Medal Table
12 Winter Olympic Games,1976 - Some interesting facts
- President of Austria Rudolf Kirschschlager officially opened the 12 Winter Olympic games 1976 and two olympic cauldrons were lit in the stadium as a symbol of Winter Games being held twice in Innsbruck.
- As in 1964, the Austrian army trucked snow to cover bare slopes for Alpine Skiing events.
- There were a few technological approvements in the Winter Olympics 1976. Austrians Karl Schnabl and Toni Innauer, in new streamlined helmets, won gold and silver medals in the 90-meter ski jump and skater Franz Krienbuehl of Switzerland was dressed in a sleek, skin-tight suit, which become a new standard for speed skating uniform.
- In Figure skating Terry Kubicka of the USA performed a dangerous back flip, but the referees scored it only as a jump with one full rotation.