1960 Winter Olympics

The VIII Olympic Winter Games 1960 in Squaw Valley, USA, discharged. Other candidate cities were Innsbruck, St. Moritz and Garmisch -Partenkirchen.

Outstanding athletes

The speed skater Helga Haase won the gold medal over 500 meters - the first speed skating gold in the ladies at the Olympic Games - and more than 1000 meters silver medal. Lidija Pavlovna Skoblikowa from the USSR won two of the four new speed skating competitions. Georg Thoma from Hinterzarten, uncle of ski jumpers Dieter Thoma, won a gold medal in the Nordic combined as the first non - Scandinavian. Heidi Biebl from Oberstaufen won the gold medal in the downhill and at age 19 the youngest gold medalist at these Olympic games. Helmut Recknagel won Olympic gold in ski jumping. But the victory of Recknagel surprised the jury so much that one at the presentation ceremony did not even have a country flag. The German athletes took off for the all-German team.

More information

Responsible for the opening and closing ceremony was Walt Disney. Since only nine countries had announced their participation, the organizing committee refused to build a bobsleigh run. Thus, the Winter Games of 1960, the only ones that do not Bobwettbewerbe were held. Biathlon was the first time an Olympic discipline. Speed ​​skating competitions for women celebrated their Olympic debut. For the all-German team ( Ode to Joy ) from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was played instead of a hymn of the final chorus.


  • Biathlon
  • Hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Speed ​​Skating
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic skiing