Host City: Grenoble 1968
The Winter Olympic Games were held in Grenoble, France, in 1968, between Feb 6-18. 37 Nations with 1158 participants competed in 35 events. Women competed in only 12 events, compared to 21 men's events - there are also two mixed doubles events, in figure skating and luge. Norway won the most medals (14) for the first time, coming in one ahead of the Soviet Union.
- This was the first Olympic Games (both Summer and Winter) where gender testing was introduced. See more about Gender Tests.
- This was the first appearance of a mascot in Olympic history, Schuss - a man on skis.
- These were the first Winter Games to be broadcast in color.
- East Germany and West Germany officially sent separate teams for the first time and continued to do up until 1988.
- East German luge competitors Ortrun Enderlein and Anna-Maria Muller - in contention for a clean-sweep - were disqualified when it was discovered their toboggan runners had been heated.
- Peggy Fleming won America's only gold medal at these Games, in figure skating.
- France's Jean-Claude Killy won gold in all three Alpine events (after some controversy surrounding the disqualification of Austria's Karl Schranz in the slalom).
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