Alpine skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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

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]

Contents

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

Medal summary

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 table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)2002
2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)1225
3Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)1113
4Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1023
5Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg  Canada  (CAN)1001
6US flag 49 stars.svg  United States  (USA)0303
7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)0011
Totals (7 nations)66618

Source: [1]

Men's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Jean Vuarnet
Flag of France.svg  France
2:06.0 Hans Peter Lanig
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
2:06.5 Guy Périllat
Flag of France.svg  France
2:06.9
Giant slalom
details
Roger Staub
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:48.3 Pepi Stiegler
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:48.7 Ernst Hinterseer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:49.1
Slalom
details
Ernst Hinterseer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2:08.9 Hias Leitner
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2:10.3 Charles Bozon
Flag of France.svg  France
2:10.4

Source: [1]

Women's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Heidi Biebl
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
1:37.6 Penny Pitou
US flag 49 stars.svg  United States
1:38.6 Traudl Hecher
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:38.9
Giant slalom
details
Yvonne Rüegg
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:39.9 Penny Pitou
US flag 49 stars.svg  United States
1:40.0 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1:40.2
Slalom
details
Anne Heggtveit
Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg  Canada
1:49.6 Betsy Snite
US flag 49 stars.svg  United States
1:52.9 Barbi Henneberger
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
1:56.6

Source: [1]

Course information

DateRaceStart
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

Participating nations

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 championships

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.

Combined

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References

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