The emblem represents the coat of arms of Innsbruck, which shows the bridge on the Inn River that connects the old town and the Hötting district.
|Host city||Innsbruck, Austria|
(892 men, 199 women)
|Events||34 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)|
|Opening ceremony||January 29|
|Closing ceremony||February 9|
|Officially opened by||President Adolf Schärf|
|Athlete's Oath||Paul Aste|
|Olympic Torch||Joseph Rieder|
The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IXes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), 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, 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.
Innsbruck had to compete with 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.
|1964 Winter Olympics bidding result|
Medals were awarded in 34 events contested in 6 sports (10 disciplines).
36 nations sent athletes to compete in Innsbruck. India, Mongolia, and North Korea participated in the Winter Games for the first time. Athletes from West Germany (FRG) and East Germany (GDR) competed together as the United Team of Germany from 1956 to 1964.
These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:
Two tragedies prior to the 1964 Winter Olympics affected the outcome and mood of the Games:
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IX Olympic Winter Games (1964)