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  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Skoblikova completes sparkling Olympic debut

    Soviet speed skater Lidiya Skoblikova had very good reason to remember her maiden Winter Games at Squaw Valley. Aged just 20, she posted a world record in winning the 1,500m and an Olympic record in landing 3,000m gold. She would follow that double up in emphatic style four years later in Innsbruck 1964, claiming four more golds to cement her place as the most successful Olympic speed skater of all time.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Speed Skating, Russian Federation
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Haase blazes the trail for women’s speed skating

    Women’s speed skating had made its Olympic debut as a demonstration sport at Lake Placid 1932, with the first world championships being held in Stockholm (SWE) four years later. It was finally included on the official Games programme at Squaw Valley 1960, where medals were up for grabs in the 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, HAASE, Helga, Speed Skating, Poland
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Gusakova heads Soviet clean sweep

    The Soviet Union had dominated the international women’s cross country scene since the inclusion of women’s events on the FIS World Championship programme in Falun (SWE) in 1954.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Cross Country Skiing, Russian Federation
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Hakulinen hits the heights

    Finland’s Veikko Hakulinen was already a double Olympic cross-country skiing champion and four-time medallist by the time he arrived in Squaw Valley. The first of those gold medals had come at Oslo 1952 in the 50km, a distance at which he also collected silver four years later in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA), where he won his second Olympic title in the 30km to go with a second silver in the 4x10km relay.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Cross Country Skiing, Finland
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Vuarnet takes downhill skiing to the next level

    Born in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on 18 January 1933, Jean Vuarnet was still an infant when he moved with his family to the ski resort of Morzine in the French Alps. Later, as a law student in Grenoble, he developed into a top-class skier, eventually earning a place in the national team and revealing his rich promise at the highest level by winning downhill bronze at the 1958 FIS World Championships in Bad Gastein (AUT).
    26 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Downhill, France
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Lestander wins first Olympic biathlon gold

    Combining cross country skiing and target shooting, military patrol featured on the official programme at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924 before making a reappearance as a demonstration sport at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 and St Moritz 1948.
    21 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Biathlon
  • News | Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

    Sailer skis into history

    03 Feb 1956 | Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956, Alpine Skiing, Austria, Olympic News
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