The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France where, for the first time, the Games were broadcast in colour and there was the appearance of a non-official mascot called “Schuss”.
1,158 (947 men, 211 women) competitors from 37 nations participated in 6 sports and 35 events over a fortnight. Norway won the gold medal tally with 6, USSR 2nd with 5, France 3rd with 4, Italy 4th with 4, Austria 5th with 3 gold.
French hero Jean-Claude Killy matched the 1956 triple gold alpine skiing feat of Austria’s Tony Sailer by winning the downhill, slalom and giant slalom. His hat-trick featured one of the greatest controversies in the history of the Winter Olympics. Killy’s rival, Karl Schranz of Austria, claimed that a mysterious man in black crossed his path during the slalom race, causing him to skid to a halt. Given a restart, Schranz beat Killy’s time. However, a Jury of Appeal disqualified Schranz and gave the victory to Killy. The Frenchman remains one of the most admired Olympic champions in history.
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