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  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Robin Cousins - Figure skating

    Robin Cousins arrived at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid as the British and European champion, and was considered the best amateur free skater in the world – a worthy and popular heir to his compatriot, the legendary John Curry.
    02 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Figure Skating, Great Britain, Olympic News
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Homegrown hero Heiden sweeps the board in the speed skating

    Eric Heiden arrived at Lake Placid as a national hero and favourite to win all five men’s speed skating events. In the four years since he had appeared on the scene from nowhere as a callow 17-year-old, he had pulled off a shock World Championship victory in 1977 and successfully defended the title twice.
    02 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Speed Skating, United States of America, Olympic News, HEIDEN, Eric
  • News | Montreal 1976

    Jenner uses defeat to spur him to Montreal gold - Athletics

    The USA’s decathlete Bruce Jenner aimed for Olympic gold with a focus so strong and determined that in hindsight his opponents had little chance of success.
    30 Jul 1976 | Montreal 1976, Athletics, Olympic News, United States of America
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Günther becomes luge's youngest champion

    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.
    11 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Luge, Olympic News
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Graceful Hamill mesmerises the world

    American figure skater Dorothy Hamill became the media darling of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics – and was crowned queen of her sport on the ice.
    09 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Figure Skating, United States of America, Olympic News
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Kreiner's teen spirit prevails in the giant slalom

    As she waited at the starting gate, ready to launch herself down the giant slalom course at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games, 17-year-old Kathy Kreiner told herself “They don’t know it, but I am going to win.” So it proved.
    08 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Alpine Skiing, Canada, Olympic News
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Golden oldie Mittermaier enjoys double Alpine triumph

    Alpine skier Rosi Mittermaier’s medal prospects didn’t look great at the start of the 1976 Winter Olympics, which had been hastily transferred from Denver in the US to Innsbruck, Austria, after the American city baulked at the cost of staging the event.
    07 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Alpine Skiing, Germany, Olympic News
  • News | Mexico 1968

    David Hemery - 400m hurdless men - Athletics

    Athletes can easily get caught up in the heat of a moment. They might not know where they are in a race, how many laps are left, what position they're in.
    15 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968, Athletics, Great Britain
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Endurance man Ellefsæter prevails over 50km

    There are few more arduous events than the 50km cross-country skiing. It is winter sport's equivalent of the marathon race in the Olympics Games – a test of fitness, endurance and character that demands utter commitment for more than two hours. And, just like the marathon, it often produces champions whose stories encompass more than just sporting greatness.
    14 Feb 1968 | Grenoble 1968, Cross Country Skiing, Norway
  • 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
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