1964 Winter Olympics

IX Olympic Winter Games

The emblem represents the coat of arms of Innsbruck, which shows the bridge on the Inn River that connects the old town and the Hötting district.
Host city Innsbruck, Austria
Nations participating 36
Athletes participating 1091
(892 men, 199 women)
Events 34 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)
Opening ceremony January 29
Closing ceremony February 9
Officially opened by President Adolf Schärf
Athlete's Oath Paul Aste
Olympic Torch Josef Rieder
Stadium Bergisel
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The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IXes Jeux olympiques d'hiver) (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1964), was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated 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,[1] 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 British luge slider Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypeski, during training, and by the deaths, three years earlier, of the entire US figure skating team and family members.

Host city selection

Innsbruck had to compete with Calgary, Canada, and Lahti, Finland for the right to host the 1964 Winter Olympics. Here is the resulting vote count that occurred at the 55th IOC Session in Munich, West Germany, on May 26, 1959.[2]

1964 Winter Olympics bidding result[3]
City Country Round 1
Innsbruck  Austria 48
Calgary  Canada 12
Lahti  Finland 1

Games highlights

Medal winners

Medals were awarded in 34 events contested in 6 sports (10 disciplines).

Demonstration sport


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:

Awards of the Soviet athletes at the IX Winter Olympics (Innsbruck, Austria). Post of USSR, 1964.
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 118625
2 Austria 45312
3 Norway 36615
4 Finland 34310
5 France 3407
6 United Team of Germany 3339
7 Sweden 3317
8 United States 1247
9 Canada 1113
10 Netherlands 1102

Prior tragedies

Two tragedies prior to the 1964 Winter Olympics affected the outcome and mood of the Games:

See also


  1. "Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck 1964" (history), kiat.net, webpage: KIAT-Innsbruck.
  2. the International Olympic Committee Vote History
  3. "Past Olympic host city election results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  4. www.Olympic.org

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