1960 Squaw Valley
  • Duration:
    February 18 to 28
  • Nations Participating:
    30 NOCs
  • Events:
    27
  • Competing Athletes:
    665 (521 men, 144 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    44 (34 men, 10 women)
  • Medals Won:
    4 (2 G, 1 S, 1 B)

VIII Olympic Winter Games

Eight of the 56 Canadian athletes who participated in the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley, California, were figure skaters. Canadian champion Donald Jackson won the bronze medal in men’s singles, Otto and Maria Jelinek finished fourth in pairs competition, and another Canadian pair added a gold medal to a string of international successes: Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul put on a marvelous skating display highlighted by a breathtaking death spiral that won them first place votes from every judge. A few days after their Olympic gold medal performance, the pair won their fourth consecutive world championship.

Anne Heggtveit, who at the age of 21 had 14 years of competitive skiing behind her, became the first Canadian to win a gold medal in skiing by crossing the finish line 3.3 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

When the United States beat Canada 2-1 on the hockey rink, it was the Canadian team’s only loss of the tournament, but it was enough to drop Canada to the silver medal position behind the U.S.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Carol Heiss (figure skating)

Olympic Oath (officials): none

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Kenneth Charles Henry

Official Opening: Vice-President Richard Nixon

Medal Count

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COUNTRY:

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TOTAL:

1Soviet Union75921
2United States34310
3Unified Team of Germany4318
4Finland2338
5Sweden3227
6Norway33 - 6
7Austria1236
8Canada2114
9France1 - 23
10Switzerland2 - - 2
T11Netherlands - 112
T11Poland - 112
13Czechoslovakia - 1 - 1
14Italy - - 11

Canadian Medallists

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RESULT:

GoldBarbara Wagner, Robert PaulFigure SkatingPairs - Mixed -
GoldAnne HeggtveitSkiing - AlpineSlalom - Women -
SIlverRobert Attersley, Maurice Benoit, James Connelly, Jack Douglas, Fred Etcher, Robert Forhan, Donald Head, Harold Hurley, Ken Laufman, Floyd Martin, Robert McKnight, Clifford Pennington, Donald Rope, Robert Rousseau, George Samolenko, Harry Sinden, Darryl SlyIce HockeyMen -
BronzeDonald JacksonFigure SkatingSingles - Men -

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