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1972 Sapporo Winter Games

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan (February 3, 1972 to February 13, 1972)
Opening Ceremony: February 3, 1972 (opened by Emperor Hirohito)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Hideki Takada
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Keiichi Suzuki (athlete) and Fumio Asaki (official)
Closing Ceremony: February 13, 1972
Events: 35 in 10 sports

Participants: 1,008 (802 men and 206 women) from 35 countries
Youngest Participant: URS Marina Sanaya (13 years, 28 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN Hans Gehrig (42 years, 178 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 6 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (16 medals)

Overview

Banff, British Columbia in Canada was thought to be the favorite to win the bid for the 1972 Olympic Winter Games. The nearby city of Calgary had narrowly lost the bid for the 1968 Olympic Winter Games and the Winter Olympics had not yet been held in Canada, a hotbed of winter sport. Sapporo, Japan was considered an outside choice, but the distance to Japan seemed prohibitive in winter weather. However, Sapporo was chosen over Banff on the first round. After the success of the 1964 Olympics, the IOC was happy to return to the Orient and the city of Sapporo, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The ninth largest city in Japan in 1972, Sapporo was also the largest city to host the Olympic Winter Games to that time.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 8 5 3 16
2 East Germany 4 3 7 14
3 Norway 2 5 5 12
4 Switzerland 4 3 3 10
5 Netherlands 4 3 2 9
6 United States 3 2 3 8
7 West Germany 3 1 1 5
8 Italy 2 2 1 5
9 Austria 1 2 2 5
10 Finland 0 4 1 5
11 Sweden 1 1 2 4
12 Japan 1 1 1 3
13 Czechoslovakia 1 0 2 3
14 France 0 1 2 3
15 Poland 1 0 0 1
16 Spain 1 0 0 1
17 Canada 0 1 0 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Galina Kulakova (URS) 3 0 0 3
2 Ard Schenk (NED) 3 0 0 3
3 Vyacheslav Vedenin (URS) 2 0 1 3
4 Pål Tyldum (NOR) 1 2 0 3
5 Marjatta Kajosmaa (FIN) 0 2 1 3
6 Atje Keulen-Deelstra (NED) 0 1 2 3
7 Marie-Theres Nadig (SUI) 2 0 0 2
8 Stien Baas-Kaiser (NED) 1 1 0 2
9 Dianne Holum (USA) 1 1 0 2
10 Alevtina Olyunina-Smirnova (URS) 1 1 0 2
11 Fyodor Simashov (URS) 1 1 0 2
12 Gustavo Thoeni (ITA) 1 1 0 2
13 Edy Hubacher (SUI) 1 0 1 2
14 Anne Henning (USA) 1 0 1 2
15 Peter Utzschneider (FRG) 1 0 1 2
16 Jean Wicki (SUI) 1 0 1 2
17 Wolfgang Zimmerer (FRG) 1 0 1 2
18 Annemarie Moser-Pröll (AUT) 0 2 0 2
19 Roar Grønvold (NOR) 0 2 0 2
20 Ivar Formo (NOR) 0 1 1 2
21 Johs Harviken (NOR) 0 1 1 2
22 Hansjörg Knauthe (GDR) 0 1 1 2
23 Wolfram Fiedler (GDR) 0 0 2 2
24 Sten Stensen (NOR) 0 0 2 2

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