1960 Winter Olympics

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VIII Olympic Winter Games
Host citySquaw Valley, United States
Nations30
Athletes665 (521 men, 144 women)
Events27 in 4 sports (8 disciplines)
Opening18 February
Closing28 February
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumBlyth Arena
Winter
Cortina 1956 Innsbruck 1964
Summer
Melbourne 1956 Rome 1960

The 1960 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VIII Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, United States (in the Lake Tahoe basin). Squaw Valley won the bid in 1955.

Alexander Cushing, the creator of the resort, campaigned vigorously to win the Games. After being awarded the Games, there was a rush to construct roads, hotels, restaurants, and bridges, as well as the ice arena, the speed skating track, ski lifts, and the ski jumping hill.