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Alpine skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics

Alpine skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held in the United States at Squaw Valley, California, from February 20–26, 1960.[1] Competitions took place at Squaw Peak (Men's downhill), KT-22 (Women's downhill, Men's slalom and giant slalom) and (Little) Papoose Peak (sub-peak of KT-22) (Women's slalom and giant slalom).[2][3]

Alpine skiing
at the VIII Olympic Winter Games
Squaw-Valley-1960-Ski-Venues.jpg
Olympic runs of 1960
VenueSquaw Valley, California, U.S.
DatesFebruary 20–26, 1960
No. of events6
Competitors133 from 22 nations
← 1956
1964 →
Squaw Valley is located in USA West
Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley
Location in the western United States
 Squaw Valley is located in California
 Squaw Valley
 Squaw Valley
Location in California

These were the last Olympics with times recorded in tenths of a second; times in 1964 were recorded in hundredths.

Medal summaryEdit

Seven nations won medals in alpine skiing, with Switzerland leading the medal table, winning two golds. Austria won the most total medals with five, one gold, two silver and two bronze. Austria's Ernst Hinterseer led the individual medal table, with one gold and one bronze. The top women's medalist was the United States' Penny Pitou with two silver medals.

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Switzerland (SUI)2002
2  Austria (AUT)1225
3  United Team of Germany (EUA)1113
4  France (FRA)1023
5  Canada (CAN)1001
6  United States (USA)0303
7  Italy (ITA)0011
Totals (7 nations)66618

Source:[1]

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Jean Vuarnet
  France
2:06.0 Hans Peter Lanig
  United Team of Germany
2:06.5 Guy Périllat
  France
2:06.9
Giant slalom
details
Roger Staub
  Switzerland
1:48.3 Pepi Stiegler
  Austria
1:48.7 Ernst Hinterseer
  Austria
1:49.1
Slalom
details
Ernst Hinterseer
  Austria
2:08.9 Hias Leitner
  Austria
2:10.3 Charles Bozon
  France
2:10.4

Source:[1]

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Heidi Biebl
  United Team of Germany
1:37.6 Penny Pitou
  United States
1:38.6 Traudl Hecher
  Austria
1:38.9
Giant slalom
details
Yvonne Rüegg
  Switzerland
1:39.9 Penny Pitou
  United States
1:40.0 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo
  Italy
1:40.2
Slalom
details
Anne Heggtveit
  Canada
1:49.6 Betsy Snite
  United States
1:52.9 Barbi Henneberger
  United Team of Germany
1:56.6

Source:[1]

Course informationEdit

Date Race Start
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Mon 22-Feb  Downhill - men  2,707 m (8,881 ft)  1,949 m (6,394 ft)  758 m (2,487 ft)  3.095 km (1.923 mi) 24.5%
Sat 20-Feb  Downhill - women  2,447 m (8,028 ft)  1,894 m (6,214 ft)  553 m (1,814 ft)  1.828 km (1.136 mi) 30.3%
Sun 21-Feb  Giant Slalom - men  2,447 m (8,028 ft)  1,894 m (6,214 ft)  553 m (1,814 ft)  1.800 km (1.118 mi) 30.7%
Tue 23-Feb  Giant Slalom - women  2,276 m (7,467 ft)  1,894 m (6,214 ft)  382 m (1,253 ft)  1.300 km (0.808 mi) 29.4%
Wed 24-Feb  Slalom - men  2,110 m (6,923 ft)  1,894 m (6,214 ft)  216 m (709 ft)  0.590 km (0.367 mi) 36.6%
Fri 26-Feb  Slalom - women  2,080 m (6,824 ft)  1,894 m (6,214 ft)  186 m (610 ft)  0.480 km (0.298 mi) 38.8%

Participating nationsEdit

Twenty-two nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Squaw Valley, and South Korea made its Olympic alpine skiing debut. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1]

World championshipsEdit

From 1948 through 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988.

CombinedEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "VIII Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley, California 1960 - Final Report" (PDF). California Olympic Commission. LA84 Foundation. 1960. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "VIII Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley, California 1960 - Final Report, (PDF) Page(s) 95/96" (PDF). California Olympic Commission. LA84 Foundation. 1960. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

External linksEdit

  • FIS-Ski.com – alpine skiing – 1960 Winter Olympics – Squaw Valley, USA