9 Winter Olympic Games, 1964
- In May 1959 at the 55th IOC session in Munich, Innsbruck, Austria was an almost unanimous choice to host the Winter Olympic games 1964.
- Innsbruck got 49 votes, the other candidate cities - Calgary, Canada - 9 votes and Lahti, Finland did not get anything.
Innsbruck 1964 - Medal Table
9 Winter Olympic Games, 1964 - Some interesting facts
- President of Austria Adolf Scharf officially opened the 9 Winter Olympic games 1964.
- It was the warmest winter in 58 years. Three thousands Austrian soldiers were called in to move 40,000 cubic metres of snow and 20,000 bricks of ice from Alpine peaks to ski, luge and bobsleigh runs.
- For the first time in the Winter Games, the olympic flame was lit in Olympia.
- Lydia Skoblikova from USSR won all four womens events in Speed skating.
- In practice before the 1964 Games, an Australian skiier Ross Milne and Kazimierz Skrzypecki, a British luger, were tragically lost on olympic courses. In memory of this athletes, all flags were flown at half-staff during the Olympics and a black ribbon was attached to the Olympic flag.
- Multiple world champion Italian Eugenio Monti, who never won gold medal in Olympics, had a great chance to win. Britain crew, a main rival of Italy, had broken a bolt from their sled and didn't have a replacement. Eugenio Monti, who had finished, took a similar bolt from his own sled and gave it to British bobsledders and they won gold medal.
1964 Winter Olympics