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12 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

12 Winter Olympic Games,1976
Start:
04 Feb 1976
End:
15 Feb 1976
Countries:
37
Athletes:
1123
Women:
231
Events:
37
City:
Innsbruck, Austria

INNSBRUCK 1976 - Bid History

  • 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.

12 Winter Olympic Games,1976 - 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.

Winter Olympics 1976 - Medal Table

Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals
Total
1
13
6
8
27
2
GDR
7
5
7
19
3
USA
3
3
4
10
4
3
3
1
7
5
2
5
3
10
6
2
4
1
7
7
2
2
2
6
8
1
3
1
5
9
1
2
3
6
10
1
2
1
4
11
1
1
1
3
12
1
0
0
1
13
0
1
0
1
14
0
0
2
2
14
0
0
2
2
16
0
0
1
1