1964 Winter Olympics facts for kids

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IX Olympic Winter Games
Host city Innsbruck, Austria
Nations participating 36
Athletes participating 1091
(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
Olympic Torch Bergiselschanze
Stadium Bergisel

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.

Participating nations

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.

Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 11 8 6 25
2 Austria 4 5 3 12
3 Norway 3 6 6 15
4 Finland 3 4 3 10
5 France 3 4 0 7
6 Germany 3 3 3 9
7 Sweden 3 3 1 7
8 United States 1 2 3 6
9 Netherlands 1 1 0 2
10 Canada 1 0 2 3

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