1980 Lake Placid
  • Duration:
    February 13 to 24
  • Nations Participating:
    37 NOCs
  • Events:
    38
  • Competing Athletes:
    1072 (840 men, 232 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    59 (41 men, 18 women)
  • Medals Won:
    2 (0 G, 1 S, 1 B)

XIII Olympic Winter Games

The men’s ski team put themselves on the Canadian Olympic medal chart when the Games returned to Lake Placid in 1980. Steve Podborski, one of the Crazy Canucks, won a bronze in the downhill competition. In the 1000 m speed skating race, 21-year-old Gaétan Boucher, who finished sixth in the event at the last Olympic Winter Games, shattered the old Olympic record by a second and a half. Still, he finished second to Eric Heiden of the U.S.A., the first Olympic athlete, summer or winter, to win five gold medals in individual events.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Eric Heiden (speed skating)

Olympic Oath (officials): Terry McDermott (speed skating)

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Dr. Charles Morgan Kerr

Official Opening: Vice-President Walter Mondale

Medal Count

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BRONZE:

TOTAL:

1East Germany97723
2Soviet Union106622
3United States64212
4Norway13610
5Finland1539
6Austria3227
7Switzerland1135
8West Germany - 235
9Sweden3 - 14
10Liechtenstein22 - 4
11Netherlands1214
13Canada - 112
14Great Britain1 - - 1
T15Japan - 1 - 1
T15Hungary - 1 - 1
T17France - - 11
T17Czechoslovakia - - 11
T17Bulgaria - - 11

Canadian Medallists

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RESULT:

SilverGaétan BoucherSpeed Skating - Long Track1,000m - Men -
BronzeSteve PodborskiSkiing - AlpineDownhill - Men -

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