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  • News | Rome 1960

    Kapitonov clinches men's road race

    The Soviet Union won its first cycling title thanks to the exemplary fitness of Viktor Kapitonov, who made two desperate sprints to the finishing line in the course of the same race!
    30 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Gaiardoni makes history to take pair of cycling golds

    Home fans always like to cheer local favourites. The Rome 1960 Games produced several new Italian heroes, but one of the host country’s sporting favourites was already well known before the Olympics started.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Fredriksson stages stylish farewell in kayak doubles

    Sweden's Gert Fredriksson, who competed at the top level over the course of more than two decades, is arguably the greatest canoeist of all time. He began competing in 1942, but the Second World War meant he didn't make his Olympic debut until 1948, by which time he was 28. He won two gold medals in London, then added a gold and a silver four years later in Helsinki and then two more golds in Melbourne in 1956.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960
  • 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

    Golden record for speed skater Johannesen

    Norwegian speed skater Knut Johannesen arrived in Squaw Valley with his sights firmly set on Olympic glory, having come within a second of gold in the 10,000m at Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956, where he lost out to Sweden’s Sigvard Ericsson.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Speed Skating, Norway
  • 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

    More Olympic joy for Jernberg

    Sweden’s Sixten Jernberg had been the most successful athlete at Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956, featuring on every single one of the men’s cross country podiums. As well as gold in the 50km, he had taken silvers in the 30km and 15km and bronze in the 4x10km relay.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, JERNBERG, Sixten, Cross Country Skiing, Sweden
  • 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

    Biebl writes her name in women’s Alpine history

    Competing at a time when the Alpine Skiing World Cup had yet to come into existence (it made its debut 1967), the Bavarian-born Heidi Biebl was one of the greatest skiers of her generation and the finest German since Christl Cranz, the queen of the slopes in the 1930s who had been crowned the first female Olympic Alpine skiing champion at Garmisch-Partenkichen 1936.
    26 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Germany
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