The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IXes Jeux olympiques d'hiver) (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1964), was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Innsbruck, Austria, from January 29 to February 9, 1964. The Games included 1091 athletes from 36 nations, and the Olympic Torch was carried by Joseph Rieder, a former alpine skier who had participated in the 1956 Winter Olympics.
The Games were affected by the deaths of Australian alpine skier Ross Milne and British luge slider Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypeski, during training, and by the deaths, three years earlier, of the entire US figure skating team and family members.
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Emblem of the 1964 Winter Olympics[a]
|Host city||Innsbruck, Austria|
|Athletes||1,091 (892 men, 199 women)|
|Events||34 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)|
Innsbruck competed against Calgary, Canada, and Lahti, Finland, for the right to host the 1964 Winter Olympics. Here is the resulting vote count that occurred at the 55th IOC Session, in Munich, West Germany, on May 26, 1959:
Medals were awarded in 34 events contested in 6 sports (10 disciplines).
36 nations sent athletes to compete in Innsbruck. India, Mongolia, and North Korea participated in the Winter Games for the first time. Athletes from West Germany (FRG) and East Germany (GDR) competed together as the United Team of Germany from 1956 to 1964.
These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:
|6||United Team of Germany||3||3||3||9|
|Totals (10 nations)||33||37||27||97|
Two fatal events before the 1964 Winter Olympics affected the outcome and mood of the Games:
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IX Olympic Winter Games (1964)
The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games, was a multi-sport event held in Innsbruck, Austria, from 29 January to 9 February. A total of 1,091 athletes from 36 nations participated in 34 events in 6 sports over 10 disciplines. India, Mongolia, and North Korea made their first Winter Olympics appearances; the latter achieved a 3,000 metres speed skating medal through Han Pil-hwa's silver medal tie with Valentina Stenina.Soviet athlete Lidiya Skoblikova achieved four gold medals, winning more medals than any athlete.Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held near Innsbruck, Austria, from January 30 to February 8, 1964.The men's downhill was held on Patscherkofel (above Igls), the other five events at Axamer Lizum.This was the first Olympics in which the finishing times were recorded in hundredths of a second, rather than tenths. It was the third and final Winter Olympics in which East and West Germany competed as the United Team of Germany. Mild weather led to a lack of snow, which was trucked in and packed down by the Austrian army.During a training run for the men's downhill at Patscherkofel on January 25, Ross Milne of Australia lost control and left the course; he hit a tree and later died of a head injury.The Winter Olympics returned to Innsbruck just 12 years later in 1976, after Denver returned its winning bid in November 1972 (Innsbruck was awarded the 1976 games in February 1973).Austria at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Austria was the host nation of the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.Bobsleigh at the 1964 Winter Olympics – Four-man
Four-man bobsleigh at the 1964 Winter Olympics took place on 5 and 7 February at Bob und Rodelbahn Igls, Innsbruck, Austria. This event was last run at the 1956 Winter Olympics as bobsleigh was not part of the 1960 games.The winning athletes were those who posted the shortest total time over four separate runs. Canada were surprise gold medal winners, having first entered a bobsleigh team in a competitive event only 8 years previous. Favourites for the event were the Italians who finished in 3rd and 4th. Second place Austria never had an individual run which was quicker than third best, but their consistency earned them the silver medal.Canada at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Canada competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Canada has competed at every Winter Olympic Games.Cross-country skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics
At the 1964 Winter Olympics seven cross-country skiing events – four for men and three for women – were contested. The events began on 30 January 1964 in Seefeld, Austria. The women's 5 km race debuted at this Olympics.Figure skating at the 1964 Winter Olympics
At the 1964 Winter Olympics, three figure skating events were contested.Finland at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Finland competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.France at the 1964 Winter Olympics
France competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.Great Britain at the 1964 Winter Olympics
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland competed as Great Britain at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
British luger Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki was killed on the Olympic course two weeks before the games.Ice hockey at the 1964 Winter Olympics
The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, was the 10th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 31st World Championships and the 42nd European Championships. The games were held at the Olympiahalle Innsbruck. The Soviet Union won its second Olympic gold medal, fourth World Championship and eighth European Championship. Canada, represented for the first time by a purpose built national team organized and coached by Father David Bauer, was shut out of the medals for the first time in Olympic ice hockey history—still in contention for the gold medal on the last day until a loss to the Soviets, the Canadians were controversially denied a bronze medal as the rules were hastily changed by the IIHF late in the final period of the final game, where the Czechoslovakians were being dramatically outscored by Sweden just minutes prior to the medals presentation.Netherlands at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Athletes from the Netherlands competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.Nordic combined at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Nordic combined at the 1964 Winter Olympics consisted of one event, held 2–3 February at Seefeld in Tirol.Norway at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Norway competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.Peter Kirby
Peter Kirby (born December 17, 1931) is a Canadian former bobsledder who competed in the mid-1960s. He won a gold medal in the four-man event at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He was born in Montreal, Quebec.
Kirby also won a gold medal in the four-man event at the 1965 FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz. He worked as a geologist until his retirement.Soviet Union at the 1964 Winter Olympics
The Soviet Union (USSR) competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.Speed skating at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Speed skating at the 1964 Winter Olympics, was held from 30 January to 7 February. Eight events were contested at the Eisschnelllaufbahn Innsbruck.Sweden at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Sweden participated at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, sending 57 representatives to compete in eight different events. The team finished seventh overall, winning seven medals including three golds. Five of the team's medals came from cross-country skiing and one each from speed skating and men's ice hockey.United Team of Germany at the 1964 Winter Olympics
Athletes from East Germany (German Democratic Republic; GDR) and West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany; FRG) competed together as the United Team of Germany at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
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|EUA||United Team of Germany||96|
Events at the 1964 Winter Olympics (Innsbruck)