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11 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

11 Winter Olympic Games,1972
Start:
03 Feb 1972
End:
13 Feb 1972
Countries:
35
Athletes:
1006
Women:
205
Events:
35
City:
Sapporo, Japan

SAPPORO 1972 - Bid History

  • 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.

11 Winter Olympic Games,1972 - 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.

Winter Olympics 1972 - Medal Table

Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals
Total
1
8
5
3
16
2
GDR
4
3
7
14
3
4
3
3
10
4
4
3
2
9
5
USA
3
2
3
8
6
3
1
1
5
7
2
5
5
12
8
2
2
1
5
9
1
2
2
5
10
1
1
2
4
11
1
1
1
3
12
1
0
2
3
13
1
0
0
1
13
1
0
0
1
15
0
4
1
5
16
0
1
2
3
17
0
1
0
1