1964 Winter Olympics facts for kids
|Host city||Innsbruck, Austria|
(892 men, 199 women)
|Events||34 in 6 sports|
|Opening ceremony||January 29|
|Closing ceremony||February 9|
|Officially opened by||President Adolf Schärf|
|Athlete's Oath||Paul Aste|
The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games, were held in Innsbruck, Austria, from January 29 to February 9 1964. The games included 1091 athletes from 36 nations, and the Olympic Torch was carried by Joseph Rieder,
a former alpine skier who had participated in the 1956 Winter Olympics.
The games were affected by the deaths of Australian alpine skier Ross Milne and a British luge slider, during training, and by the deaths, 3 years earlier, of the entire US figure skating team and family members.
36 nations sent athletes to compete in Innsbruck. India, Mongolia, and North Korea participated in the Winter Games for the first time. Athletes from West Germany (FRG) and East Germany (GDR) competed together as the United Team of Germany from 1956 to 1964.
These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:
|6||United Team of Germany||3||3||3||9|
1964 Winter Olympics Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.