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1976 Innsbruck Winter Games

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria (February 3, 1976 to February 15, 1976)
Opening Ceremony: February 4, 1976 (opened by President Dr. Rudolf Kirchschläger)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Josef Feistmantl
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Werner Delle Karth (athlete) and Willi Köstinger (official)
Closing Ceremony: February 15, 1976
Events: 37 in 10 sports

Participants: 1,129 (897 men and 231 women) from 37 countries
Youngest Participant: URS Yelena Vodorezova (12 years, 266 days)
Oldest Participant: SUI Franz Krienbühl (46 years, 327 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): URS Tatyana Averina-Barabash (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (27 medals)

Overview

In May 1970, the IOC awarded the 12th Olympic Winter Games to Denver, Colorado – and later rued the choice. The citizens of Denver, probably prompted at least in part by the debacle that was occurring with the wanton spending in Montreal for 1976, did not want the Olympics. They were also very concerned about the environmental impact that would be made by construction of all the sporting facilities. In November 1972, a public referendum voted against the Olympics and on 12 November 1972, Denver informed the IOC that they would not host the 1976 Olympic Winter Games. On short notice, the IOC turned to Innsbruck again, choosing that city over quickly organized bids from Lake Placid, Mont Blanc (FRA), and Tampere (FIN). And once again Innsbruck demonstrated how well an Olympic Winter Games could be staged.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 13 6 8 27
2 East Germany 7 5 7 19
3 United States 3 3 4 10
4 West Germany 2 5 3 10
5 Norway 3 3 1 7
6 Finland 2 4 1 7
7 Austria 2 2 2 6
8 Netherlands 1 2 3 6
9 Switzerland 1 3 1 5
10 Italy 1 2 1 4
11 Canada 1 1 1 3
12 Sweden 0 0 2 2
13 Liechtenstein 0 0 2 2
14 Great Britain 1 0 0 1
15 Czechoslovakia 0 1 0 1
16 France 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Tatyana Averina-Barabash (URS) 2 0 2 4
2 Rosi Mittermaier (FRG) 2 1 0 3
3 Raisa Smetanina (URS) 2 1 0 3
4 Helena Kivioja-Takalo (FIN) 1 2 0 3
5 Sheila Young (USA) 1 1 1 3
6 Hans van Helden (NED) 0 0 3 3
7 Bernhard Germeshausen (GDR) 2 0 0 2
8 Nikolay Kruglov (URS) 2 0 0 2
9 Meinhard Nehmer (GDR) 2 0 0 2
10 Ivar Formo (NOR) 1 1 0 2
11 Piet Kleine (NED) 1 1 0 2
12 Sten Stensen (NOR) 1 1 0 2
13 Nina Fyodorova-Baldycheva (URS) 1 0 1 2
14 Galina Kulakova (URS) 1 0 1 2
15 Nikolay Bazhukov (URS) 1 0 1 2
16 Arto Koivisto (FIN) 1 0 1 2
17 Hans Rinn (GDR) 1 0 1 2
18 Sergey Savelyev (URS) 1 0 1 2
19 Karl Schnabl (AUT) 1 0 1 2
20 Aleksandr Yelizarov (URS) 1 0 1 2
21 Heikki Ikola (FIN) 0 2 0 2
22 Manfred Schumann (FRG) 0 1 1 2
23 Yevgeny Belyayev (URS) 0 1 1 2
24 Sepp Benz (SUI) 0 1 1 2
25 Valery Muratov (URS) 0 1 1 2
26 Erich Schärer (SUI) 0 1 1 2
27 Wolfgang Zimmerer (FRG) 0 1 1 2
28 Ivan Garanin (URS) 0 0 2 2

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