The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains in Squaw Valley, USA.
655 (521 men, 144 women) competitors from 30 nations participated in 4 sports and 27 events over a fortnight. USSR won the gold medal tally with 7, Germany 2nd with 4, USA 3rd with 3, Norway 4th with 3 and Sweden 5th with 3 gold.
The Squaw Valley Organising Committee refused to build a bobsled run because only nine nations had indicated an intention to take part, creating a huge controversy and resulted in the only time that bobsledding was not included on the Olympic program.
Women competed in speed skating for the 1st time and a USSR teacher, Lydia Skoblikova, won two medals and later became the first winter athlete to win six career gold medals.
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