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Lake Placid
1980

DateFebruary 13 - February 24
CountryUnited States
Athletes1072
Teams37
Events38
Lake Placid 1980
Irina Rodnina - Figure skating
Highlights00:57
Hanni Wenzel - Alpine Sking
Highlights01:10

About the Games

Artificial Snow

To guarantee that all events took place in the best possible conditions, many snow machines were used to produce artificial snow—the first time this had been done at the Olympic Games.

Slalom Champions

The great Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark won the giant slalom and the slalom. In both races, he was behind on the first run but came back sensationally on the second. Hanni Wenzel did the same in the women’s races, making her nation, Liechtenstein, the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion.

Memorable Champions

Germany’s Ulrich Wehling won the Nordic combined for the third time, and Russian pairs skater Irina Rodnina achieved the same feat in her event. In the biathlon relay, Aleksandr Tikhonov of the USSR earned his fourth straight gold medal, while his compatriot Nikolay Zimyatov earned three gold medals in cross country skiing.

Five Historic Golds

American speed skater Eric Heiden won all five speed skating events from 500m all the way up to 10,000m, setting an Olympic record in every one. He became the first person in Olympic history to win five gold medals in individual events at the same Games.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

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Lake Placid
1980

Featured Athletes

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Gold
Silver
Bronze
United States of America
United States of America
5
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
2
1
Sweden
Sweden
2
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
1

Replays from
Lake Placid 1980

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1980

Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

Brand

Brand

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

Medals

Medals

The Mascot

An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

Mascot

Mascot

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.

Torch

Torch