13 Winter Olympic Games,1980
Begin1980-02-13
End1980-02-24
Nations37
Participants1072
Women232
Events38
CityLake Placid, USA
  • In summer, 1974 four candidate cities for Winter Olympics 1980 - Banff, Canada, Chamonix, France, Oslo, Norway and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, FRG had withdrawn their bids.
  • In October 1974 at the 74th IOC session in Vienna, Lake Placid, USA, only contender, was awarded to host 13 Winter Olympic games.

Lake Placid 1980 - Medal Table
1. USSR
10
6
6
2. GDR
9
7
7
3. USA
6
4
2
4. Austria
3
2
2
5. Sweden
3
0
1
2
2
0
7. Finland
1
5
3
8. Norway
1
3
6
1
2
1
1
1
3
1
0
0
12. FRG
0
2
3
13. Italy
0
2
0
14. Canada
0
1
1
15. Hungary
0
1
0
15. Japan
0
1
0
17. Bulgaria
0
0
1
0
0
1
17. France
0
0
1
13 Winter Olympic Games,1980 - Some interesting facts
  • Vice-President of the USA Walter Mondale officially opened the 13 Winter Olympic games 1980.
  • China and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) sent two different teams to Lake Placid and both of them had the same flag, the same anthem and even the same uniforms. The IOC did not allow Taiwan to compete under name of China, and Taiwan withdrew from the 1980 Winter Olympics in protest.
  • For the first time in olympic history, American speedskater Eric Heiden won five gold medals in individual events at a single Olympics.
  • In Figure skating Irina Rodnina from USSR won gold medal in her event for the third time and Ulrich Wehling of GDR did the same in Nordic combined.
Lake Placid: An Olympic History
Poster and Medals