1972 Winter Olympics

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XI Olympic Winter Games
Host citySapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan [1]
Nations35
Athletes1,006 (801 men, 205 women)
Events35 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)
OpeningFebruary 3
ClosingFebruary 13
Opened by
Cauldron
Hideki Takada
StadiumMakomanai Open Stadium
Winter
Grenoble 1968 Innsbruck 1976
Summer
Mexico City 1968 Munich 1972

The 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan. It was the first Winter Olympics to be held outside Western Europe and the United States, and only the third Games (Summer or Winter) held outside these regions, after Melbourne in 1956 and Tokyo in 1964. The city won the rights to the games in 1966.

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  1. Japan is a devolved state since 1947.