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1964 Innsbruck

1964 Innsbruck
  • Duration:
    January 29 to February 9
  • Nations Participating:
    36 NOCs
  • Events:
    34
  • Competing Athletes:
    1091 (892 men, 199 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    55 (43 men, 12 women)
  • Medals Won:
    3 (1 G, 0 S, 2 B)

IX Olympic Winter Games 

The weather in Innsbruck, Austria in February 1964 was the mildest the popular sport centre had experienced in 58 years. Three thousand Austrian soldiers hauled 40,000 cubic meters of snow to the ski courses.

For the first time, Canadians took part in the bobsleigh competition. On the first run of the day, the team of Vic and John Emery, Peter Kirby and Doug Anakin streaked to a new course record, giving them a lead they would hold throughout the competition. After the completion of the fourth run, Canada’s total time was more than a second better than the second place Austrian sled. In a sport decided by fractions of second, the margin of victory was remarkable.

Canadian figure skaters brought home two medals. The pair of Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell won silver while Petra Burka captured bronze.

Russian speed skater Lydia Skoblokova added four gold medals to the two she had already won four years before. Her six golds made her the first Winter athlete to reach this total and the first athlete to win four gold in a single Winter Olympic Games.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Paul Aste (bobsleigh)

Olympic Oath (officials): none

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Joseph Rieder

Official Opening: President Dr. Adolf Schärf

Medal Count

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RANK:

COUNTRY:

GOLD:

SILVER:

BRONZE:

TOTAL:

1Soviet Union118625
2Norway36615
3Austria45312
4Finland34310
5France34 - 7
6Sweden3317
7Unified Team of Germany3227
8United States1236
9Italy - 134
10Canada1113
11Netherlands11 - 2
12Great Britain1 - - 1
13North Korea - 1 - 1
14Czechoslovakia - - 11

Canadian Medallists

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FINISH:

ATHLETE:

SPORT:

EVENT:

RESULT:

GoldDoug Anakin, John Emery, Victor Emery, Peter KirbyBobsleighFour-Man - Men -
SilverDebbi Wilkes, Guy RevellFigure SkatingPairs - Mixed -
BronzePetra BurkaFigure SkatingSingles - Women -

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