12 Winter Olympic Games,1976
Begin1976-02-04
End1976-02-15
Nations37
Participants1123
Women231
Events37
CityInnsbruck, Austria
  • 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
1. USSR
13
6
8
2. GDR
7
5
7
3. USA
3
3
4
4. Norway
3
3
1
5. FRG
2
5
3
6. Finland
2
4
1
7. Austria
2
2
2
1
3
1
1
2
3
10. Italy
1
2
1
11. Canada
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
14. Sweden
0
0
2
16. France
0
0
1
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.
Poster and Medals