The 1960 Winter Olympics (Images of Sports) Paperback
The 1960 Olympic Winter Games were a long-shot effort that succeeded beyond the wildest expectations. Working in a sparsely populated valley in the Sierra Nevada with only rudimentary facilities, organizers created a world-class Olympic site in four short years.
For the only time in Olympic history, the venues and athlete residence halls were located in a compact, intimate setting that encouraged sportsmanship and interaction between athletes. There was elaborate pageantry in the ceremonies and decorations.
The underdog American ice hockey team won the first-ever USA gold medal in that sport. American figure skaters swept gold in the individual events. Well-trained Soviet and Scandinavian athletes dominated the speed skating and cross-country skiing events. American women proved their mettle in the Alpine skiing events. German skiers made surprise upsets in the Nordic combined and ski jumping contests. And CBS-TV was there to capture the most exciting moments and make groundbreaking live broadcasts to American audiences.
1. Early Sguaw Valley Ski History
2. Winning the Olympic Bid and Disnev Imagine:-rring
3. Olvlnpic Facilities, Venues, and Staff
4. Qpening, Awards. and Closing Ceremonies
5. Algine Skiing
?. Cross-Country Skiigg
8. Figure Skating
9. Ice Hockey
10. Ski Jumping
11. Speed Skating
12. Spectator Experience
The 1960 Winter Olympics, known officially as the VII] Olympic Winter Games, began on February 18, 1960, and continued ll Full days through February 28, 1960. Clompetition events occurred at the California ski resort of Squaw Valley and on the California side of Lake Tahoe, near the vacation community ofTahoma. It was the first complete Winter Games site built from the ground up exclLLsi\'ely for the winter sports competition and in a compact and efficient configuration.
Hailing from 30 countries. 665 athletes competing as amateurs converged to participate in 2 events, including Alpine and Nordic skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, biathlon, and ski jumping. Adtletes were lodged in a self-contained and restricted-access Olympic Village within walking distance to all competition venues except for Nordic skiing and hiathlon.
ln Alpine skiing, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France dominated the medal counts. but American skier Penny Pitou won two silver medals, and Canadian Anne Heggtveit won a gold medal. Americans Carol Heiss and David Jenkins both received gold medals in individual figure skating. Soviet speed skaters Eugeni Orishin and Lidiya Sl(OlI‘|lll(OVﬂ each earned two gold medals in their respective events. German Helmut Reck nagel ended Scandinavian domination oi the ski jumping with a gold medal and near-perfect jumping scores. The underdog American ice hockey team t.l'1undersI.Tuck the Wintﬂ Games by going undefeated, overptnvering the Soviets, and going on to win the first gold medal in ice hockey for the United States. Finnish cross-country skier Veikko Hakulinen was die most decorated athlene of the games, earning three medals.
The Vlll Olympic Winter Games were the watershed for a number of significant Olympic ﬁrsts that changed the course of the Olympics. Events were timed electronically, and scoring was tabulated and reported by a computer. Ice events were held on artificially chilled ice. Women were admitned to speed skating competition. Custom-built cross-country courses were prepared using powered mechanical groorning equipment. The sport of the Olympic biathlon debulaed here. CBS-TV broadcast live 3] hours oi coverage throughout the host country. Elaborate opening, closing, and award ceremonies and extensive Olympic Park decorations were directed by Walt Disney.
EARLY SQUAW VALLEY SKI HISTORY
For millennia, Squaw Valley was a summer grounds for Washoe Native Americans; later, it was part of a nearby mining boomtown and a remote cattle ranch. Squaw Valley lay largely unnoticed. ln 1931, a young man and all-round skier from Reno visited the valley and immediately became consumed by his vision of a grand destination ski resort. \Vayne Poulsen acquired a key parcel in 194-3 and began soliciting investors to bring his vision to reality after World War ll. Poulsen connected with Alexander Cushing in 1948. and the two agreed to launch a ski area.
Poulsen provided the land and management expertise, and Cushing infused capital from his connections on the East Coast. The partnership of the two head-strong and visionary entrepreneurs was short lived. Cushing assumed control just before the ski area's grand opening in November 1949. Poulsen retreated to undertake development of the cattle ranch that he now controlled. Following the burst of activity surrounding the Olympics in 1960, the mountain resort steadily expanded, adding terrain, lift capacity, gondola (1963), cable car (1969), and on-mountain amenities. The ski area was largely a clay—use operation, relying on daily drive-up clientele and the bed base in the nearby historically summer resort towns of Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Truckee.
Over the course of 25 years, beginning in the 1980s, the ski area gained crmtrol of key properties on the mountain and at the head of the valley, including many of the surviving Olympic structures, such as Blyth Memorial Arena. Important additions such as a snow making machine, lodging and commercial properties, children’s centers, a funitel (an enclosed ski lift similar to a gondola), and skier lockers appeared during this tirne. In 2010, private equity ﬁrm KSL Partners acquired majority control of the ski area. Barely a year later, KSL merged with neighbor Alpine Meadows Ski Area to create a super-sized ski resort that catapulted into the exclusive group of large destination ski areas in North America.
Today known as Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the skiing behemoth on the Squaw Valley side consists of 3,600 acres of skiable terrain, 39 lifts, 2 orvmountain service and amenity facilities, and an extensive retail, restaurant, and lodging complex at the base ...