1964 Winter Olympics

IX Olympic Winter Games
1964 Winter Olympics logo.svg
Emblem of the 1964 Winter Olympics[a]
Host cityInnsbruck, Austria
Athletes1,091 (892 men, 199 women)
Events34 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)
Opening29 January
Closing9 February
Opened by
Squaw Valley 1960 Grenoble 1968
Rome 1960 Tokyo 1964

The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IXes Jeux olympiques d'hiver) (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1964), was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Innsbruck, Austria, from January 29 to February 9, 1964. The Games included 1091 athletes from 36 nations, and the Olympic Torch was carried by Joseph Rieder,[1] a former alpine skier who had participated in the 1956 Winter Olympics.

The Games were affected by the deaths of Australian alpine skier Ross Milne and British luge slider Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypeski, during training, and by the deaths, three years earlier, of the entire US figure skating team and family members.

Host city selection

Innsbruck competed against Calgary, Canada, and Lahti, Finland, for the right to host the 1964 Winter Olympics. Here is the resulting vote count that occurred at the 55th IOC Session, in Munich, West Germany, on May 26, 1959:[2]

1964 Winter Olympics bidding result[3]
City Country Round 1
Innsbruck  Austria 48
Calgary  Canada 12
Lahti  Finland 1
Other Languages
Аҧсшәа: Инсбрук 1964
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Зімовыя Алімпійскія гульні 1964 году
Bahasa Indonesia: Olimpiade Musim Dingin 1964
Кыргызча: Инсбрук 1964
norsk nynorsk: Vinter-OL 1964
Simple English: 1964 Winter Olympics
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Zimska Olimpijada 1964