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Sapporo 1972 Winter Olympics

The City of Sapporo: Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido . Sapporo is also the fifth largest city in Japan .

The meaning of " Sapporo " is " important river flowing through a plain ". Sapporo is located in north Japan . The city is well known for its ramen, beer and the annual snow festival held every year. Sapporo Beer Museum, Odori Park, Clock Tower, Nijo Market, Botanic Garden, Susukino, Shiroi Koibito Park, Okurayama Observatory, Mount Moiwa and Hokkaido Historic Village are the major landmarks in Sapporo .

The Eleventh Winter Olympics: The 1972 Winter Olympics were officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games. The games were held in Sapporo, the capital of the Hokkaido in Japan.

Venue: 1972 Winter Summer Games were held at Makomanai Open Stadium in Sapporo in Japan. Makomanai Open Stadium is a football stadium. The opening and closing ceremonies of the eleventh Winter Summer Games were held in this stadium.

Participants: 1006 participants from 35 countries competed in the 1972 Winter Summer Games . The countries competing in the games were Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, DPR Korea, Finland, France, East Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States USSR and Yugoslavia.

Events: There were 35events in 6 sports in the eleventh Winter Summer Games in 1972. The sports included in the schedule were alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating.

Medal Count: USSR won 16 medals in total with 8gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze medals.

A Brief Description of the Sapporo, Japan Winter Summer Games, 1972: The eleventh Winter Summer Games were held from 3 rd February to 13 th February in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido in Japan. The games were officially opened by Emperor Hirohito. The athletes uttered the Olympic oath led by Keiichi Suzuki. The judges' oath was taken under leadership of Fumio Asaki . In the stadium the Olympic Flame was lit by Hideki Takada . Japan was the first Asian country to host the Winter Summer Games.


  1972 Winter Olympics Medal Table  
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union 85316
2 East Germany 43714
3 Switzerland 43310
4 Netherlands 4329
5 United States 3238
6 West Germany 3115
7 Norway 25512
8 Italy 2215
9 Austria 1225
10 Sweden 1124
11 Japan 1113
12 Czechoslovakia 1023
13 Poland 1001
14 Spain 1001
15 Finland 0415
16 France 0123
17 Canada 0101

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