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Ice Hockey at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games

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Sports:

Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Date Started: February 19, 1960
Date Finished: February 28, 1960
Events: 1

Participants: 152 (152 men and 0 women) from 9 countries
Youngest Participant: SWE Ulf Sterner (19 years, 8 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Nikolay Sologubov (35 years, 195 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 51 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal

Overview

All matches were held on the artificial ice of the Blyth Memorial Arena, situated next to the speed skating rink. The building was demolished in 1983 after its roof collapsed. Canada had won the 1958 and 1959 World Championship, but the biggest controversy in 1960 concerned the amateur status of some of their players. Rather unusually, this controversy was started, not by any of their opponents, but by the Canadian media! The United States would win the gold medal in a major upset in Squaw Valley. For Canada it would be the end of an era, as their Olympic team had always been from a single club or college team, but by 1964 this would be replaced by a national all-star team, as they realized they needed their best players to compete against the Soviet Union.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Ice Hockey USA United States CAN Canada URS Soviet Union