1960 Winter Olympics

The 1960 Winter Olympics (officially known as the VIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Squaw Valley 1960) was a winter multi-sport event held from February 18 to February 29, 1960, in Palisades Tahoe,[1] then called Squaw Valley in Squaw Valley, California, United States. The resort was chosen to host the Games at the 1956 meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Squaw Valley was an undeveloped resort in 1955, so the infrastructure and all of the venues were built at a cost of US$80 million between 1956 and 1960. The layout was designed to be intimate, allowing spectators and competitors to reach most of the venues on foot.

VIII Olympic Winter Games
Emblem of the 1960 Winter Olympics[lower-alpha 1]
Host citySquaw Valley, California, United States
Nations30
Athletes665 (521 men, 144 women)
Events27 in 4 sports (8 disciplines)
OpeningFebruary 18
ClosingFebruary 29
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumBlyth Arena
Winter
Summer

Squaw Valley 1960 hosted athletes from 30 nations, competing in four sports and 27 events. Biathlon and women's speed skating made their Olympic debuts. Bobsled was not on the Winter Olympic programme for the first and only time; the organizers had decided the events did not warrant the cost of building a bobsled venue after a poll indicated that only nine countries were planning to participate.