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