Everything is still to be done
When Alexander Cushing put forward Squaw Valley's bid to the International Olympic Committee in 1955, the resort did not even exist ! He was the only inhabitant and homeowner in the whole place (300km from San Francisco and 1,900m above sea level).
The organisers refused to build a track for the bobsleigh competition, making this the first time that this discipline was not on the Olympic programme.
The appearance of slow motion
The officials, unsure as to whether a skier had missed a gate in the men's slalom, asked CBS-TV if they could review a videotape of the race. This gave CBS the idea to invent the now ubiquitous "instant replay."
A definitive official anthem
In 1958 the IOC made the decision to adopt the Anthem composed by Spiros Samaras, with words by Kostis Palamas, as the official Olympic Anthem. Following this decision, for the Olympic Winter Games, it was first played in Squaw Valley. The Anthem had originally been composed for the celebration of the Games of the I Olympiad that took place in Athens in 1896.
New on the programme
Men's biathlon and women's speed skating made their Olympic debut.
An innovation in ski equipment
The winner of the downhill, Frenchman Jean Vuarnet, wore metal skis instead of the traditional wooden ones. It was the first Olympic medal to be won on metal skis.
The return to a symbolic Nordic Flame
A symbolic Nordic flame was again lit in the hearth of the Morgedal House in Norway, birthplace of Sondre Norheim, the great pioneer of modern skiing. From there it was sent across the Atlantic and on to Squaw Valley by torch relay.
Squaw Valley February 1960. The Olympic Flame and the "Tower of the Nations".
Official opening of the Games by: Vice-president Richard Nixon
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Kenneth Charles (Ken) Henry (1952 Olympic champion in 500m speed skating)
Olympic Oath by: Carol Heiss (figure skating)
Officials' Oath by: The officials' oath at an Olympic Winter Games was first sworn in 1972 at Sapporo.