The Games of the VIII Olympiad were held in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California.
Alexander Cushing, the creator of the resort, campaigned vigorously to win the Games. Then, there was a rush to construct roads, hotels, restaurants, and bridges, as well as the Ice Arena, the speed skating track, ski lifts, and the ski jumping hill,
Walt Disney was the Head of Pageantry for the Games.
|Games of the VIII Winter Olympiad|
|Athletes participating||1000 (?? women, ?? men)|
|Events||26 in ?? sports|
|Opening ceremonies||February 18, 1960|
|Officially opened by||Avery Brundage|
|Athlete's Oath||not applicable|
|Judge's Oath||not applicable|
|Olympic Torch||Ken Henry|
The Olympic Village housed all the athletes.
An IBM computer was used to calculate the results.
This Winter Olympics introduced Disney artist John Hench torch design, which all further torches would be based on. The Olympic Flame was lit in the cottage of Sondre Norheim in Morgedal, Norway, and was brought to Los Angeles by plane from Oslo. It is still burning in Squaw Valley.
There were 15 alpine and ski jumping events, 8 speed skiing events, and 3 figure skating events.
- Jean Vuarnet, FR, men's downhill, gold.
- Penny Pitou, USA,, women's downhill, silver and women's giant slalom, silver