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1980 Winter Olympics

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The XIII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1980 in Lake Placid, New York, United States of America. Another candidate city was Vancouver-Garibaldi, Canada; they withdrew before the final vote.

XIII Olympic Winter Games
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Nations participating 37
Athletes participating 1072 (840 men, 232 women)
Events 38 in 6 sports
Opening ceremony February 13, 1980
Closing ceremony February 24, 1980
Officially opened by Walter Mondale
Athlete's Oath Eric Heiden
Official's Oath Terry McDermott
Olympic Torch Charles Kerr
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Highlights

  • The second time the Games were held in Lake Placid.
  • First use of artificial snow in Olympic competition.
  • Although they didn't get any medals, the People's Republic of China returned to the Olympics Games after the IOC agreed to designate the ROC "Chinese Taipei".
  • Ingemar Stenmark won both the giant slalom and the slalom.
  • Hanni Wenzel won the women's giant slalom and slalom, making Liechtenstein the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion.
  • Ulrich Wehling of the East Germany and Irina Rodnina won their respective events for the third time.
  • Aleksandr Tikhonov of the USSR earned his fourth straight gold medal.
  • Nikolay Zimyatov of the USSR earned three gold medals in cross-country skiing.
  • Eric Heiden won all five speed skating races.
  • An upstart United States ice hockey team, made up primarily of collegiate players, won the gold medal, defeating the heavily favored Soviet team and then Finland in the medal round. Their defeat of the Soviet team in the medal round became known as the "Miracle on Ice" in the US press. A film was made in 2004 based on the event called Miracle.

Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

Medal count

Top medal-collecting nations:
(for the full table, see 1980 Winter Olympics medal count)

(Host nation in bold.)

1980 Winter Olympics medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
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USSR
10 6 6 22
2 East Germany 9 7 7 23
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United States
6 4 2 12
4 Austria 3 2 2 7
5 Sweden 3 0 1 4
6 Liechtenstein 2 2 0 4
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Finland
1 5 3 6
8 Norway 1 3 6 10
9 Netherlands 1 2 1 4
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Switzerland
1 1 3 5

See also

References

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¹Not currently recognised as official by the IOC.     ²Cancelled due to war.
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