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    Piet Kleine - Speed skating

    13/02/1976

    Flying Dutchman Piet Kleine skated through two snowstorms to collect a gold and silver medal in Innsbruck in 1976, his first Winter Games. The unemployed carpenter’s amazing performance signalled the...

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    Heini Hemmi - Alpine Skiing

    13/02/1976

    Franz Klammer may have sealed legendary status with his death-defying downhill performance in Innsbruck, but the Austrian didn’t have a monopoly on surprise victories in the 1976 Olympics. Slalom raci...

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    Margit Schumann - Luge

    13/02/1976

    Margit Schumann is modest about her Olympic achievements. The former East German luger, now in her 60s, gifted race numbers and memorabilia from her sporting career to friends, and keeps her two medal...

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    Sten Stensen - Speed skating

    12/02/1976

    Sten Stensen was one of Norway’s famed “four S-es” (“four aces”) during the country’s reign as the kings and queens of speed skating in the 1970s. As such, he went into the 1976 Winter Olympics in Inn...

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    Nikolay Kruglov - Biathlon

    12/02/1976

    Biathlon is regarded as one of the more curious events at the Winter Games – but its combination of Nordic skiing and marksmanship has over the years made for some thrilling encounters. And the 1976 c...

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    Sheila Young - Speed skating

    11/02/1976

    American speed skater Sheila Young’s explosive performance in the 500m won her country its first gold medal at the 1976 Winter Games, in the fog of a February morning in Innsbruck. Her triumph came a ...

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    USSR Ice Hockey Team

    11/02/1976

    Few teams have dominated a sport quite so comprehensively and for such a long period as the Soviet Union’s ice hockey stars of the 1970s. The squad steamrollered its way through the decade, winning se...

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    Dettlef Günther - Luge

    11/02/1976

    Fearless luger Dettlef Günther became the sport’s youngest gold medallist in Olympic history when he took the men’s individual title at the 1976 Winter Games. The East German athlete, just 21, comple...

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    East German Bobsleigh Team

    10/02/1976

    East Germany had emerged as the dominant force in the luge and bobsleigh at the Sapporo Games in 1972 – and the peak of its brilliance arguably came four years later at Innsbruck, where the country’s ...

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    Raisa Smetanina - Cross country skiing

    10/02/1976

    Perhaps fittingly for a cross-country skier, Raisa Smetanina’s journey to sporting greatness was lengthy and gruelling – but it remains almost unsurpassed in the annals of the Olympic Winter Games. An...

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