Loading...

Olympic Winter Games Sapporo 1972

Sapporo 1972

DateFebruary 2 - February 13
CountryJapan
Athletes1006
Teams35
Events35
Sapporo 1972

About the Games

Amateur Controversy

The subject of amateurism stirred controversy at the Sapporo 1972 Games. Austrian skier Karl Schranz was declared ineligible because he had allowed his name and photo to be used in commercial advertising, but full-time ice hockey players from communist nations were allowed to compete.

Japan’s Jump Joy

Before the Sapporo Games, Japan had never won a gold medal in the Olympic Winter Games. But in the normal hill ski-jumping event, Yukio Kasaya led from start to finish to claim gold. His team-mates Akitsugu Konno and Seiji Aochi won the silver and bronze to complete the Japanese clean sweep.

Sapporo 1972 Winter Olympic Games Legacy

Discover the lasting legacy that this edition of the Olympic Games created for its hosts.

Triple Champions

Cross country skier Galina Kulakova of the USSR won the 5km and 10km events and anchored the Soviet relay team to victory. Ard Schenk of the Netherlands won three speed skating golds in convincing fashion. Such was his popularity in the Netherlands that a flower was named in his honour: Crocus chrysanthus Ard Schenk.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

See table
Sapporo
1972

Featured Athletes

All Athletes

Replays from
Sapporo 1972

Sapporo
1972

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 Torch

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

Torch

Torch