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1968 Grenoble Winter Games

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Host City: Grenoble, France (February 4, 1968 to February 18, 1968)
Opening Ceremony: February 6, 1968 (opened by President Charles de Gaulle)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Alain Calmat
Taker of the Olympic Oath: Léo Lacroix (athlete)
Closing Ceremony: February 18, 1968
Events: 35 in 10 sports

Participants: 1,160 (949 men and 211 women) from 37 countries
Youngest Participant: ROU Beatrice Huştiu (11 years, 159 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Eric Wennerberg (51 years, 18 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): NOR Norway (14 medals)

Overview

The controversy so often associated with the Olympic Games began to reach Winter Olympia in 1968 at Grenoble. Though the Games went fairly well, there were many problems. It began before the Olympics when the IOC, led by President Avery Brundage, decided it wished to curb advertising on skis and clothing by the alpine skiiers. They threatened to expel certain skiiers, while the skiiers threatened to withdraw en masse in revolt. A compromise was reached eventually in which the skiiers agreed to remove all equipment with advertising prior to being photographed or interviewed.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 6 6 2 14
2 Soviet Union 5 5 3 13
3 Austria 3 4 4 11
4 France 4 3 2 9
5 Netherlands 3 3 3 9
6 Sweden 3 2 3 8
7 West Germany 2 2 3 7
8 United States 1 5 1 7
9 Switzerland 0 2 4 6
10 East Germany 1 2 2 5
11 Finland 1 2 2 5
12 Italy 4 0 0 4
13 Czechoslovakia 1 2 1 4
14 Canada 1 1 1 3
15 Romania 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Jean-Claude Killy (FRA) 3 0 0 3
2 Toini Gustafsson (SWE) 2 1 0 3
3 Eero Mäntyranta (FIN) 0 1 2 3
4 Luciano De Paolis (ITA) 2 0 0 2
5 Ole Ellefsæter (NOR) 2 0 0 2
6 Harald Grønningen (NOR) 2 0 0 2
7 Eugenio Monti (ITA) 2 0 0 2
8 Carry Geijssen (NED) 1 1 0 2
9 Nancy Greene (CAN) 1 1 0 2
10 Kaija Mustonen (FIN) 1 1 0 2
11 Berit Mørdre-Lammedal (NOR) 1 1 0 2
12 Lyudmila Titova (URS) 1 1 0 2
13 Thomas Köhler (GDR) 1 1 0 2
14 Fred Anton Maier (NOR) 1 1 0 2
15 Odd Martinsen (NOR) 1 1 0 2
16 Jiří Raška (TCH) 1 1 0 2
17 Manfred Schmid (AUT) 1 1 0 2
18 Magnar Solberg (NOR) 1 1 0 2
19 Aleksandr Tikhonov (URS) 1 1 0 2
20 Kees Verkerk (NED) 1 1 0 2
21 Inger Aufles (NOR) 1 0 1 2
22 Klaus-Michael Bonsack (GDR) 1 0 1 2
23 Vladimir Gundartsev (URS) 1 0 1 2
24 Annie Famose (FRA) 0 1 1 2
25 Dianne Holum (USA) 0 1 1 2
26 Galina Kulakova (URS) 0 1 1 2
27 Gunnar Larsson (SWE) 0 1 1 2
28 Stien Baas-Kaiser (NED) 0 0 2 2
29 Alevtina Kolchina (URS) 0 0 2 2

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