United States at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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NOC United States Olympic Committee
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At the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley
Competitors 79 (61 men, 18 women) in 8 sports
Flag bearer Donald McDermott
Medals
Rank: 3
Gold
3
Silver
4
Bronze
3
Total
10
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The United States was the host nation for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.

History[edit]

In 1955, Alexander Cushing put forth a bid for Squaw Valley to host the Olympic games. However, at the time, the resort did not even exist. In fact, Cushing was the only inhabitant and homeowner in the area.[1] 1960 was a landmark year for the Winter Olympic games, with many new additions including:

- The addition of men's Biathlon and women's Speed Skating to the games
- The adoption of the official Olympic anthem, composed in 1958 by Spiros Samara, with words by Kostis Palamas.
- The use of instant replay (in the men's Slalom event)
- Metal skis for downhill competitions (all previous races had been won using wooden skis).[2]

Notably missing from the program was the Bobsleigh event, which organizers refused to construct a track for. This was the first time that Bobsleigh was not part of the Winter Olympics.[3]

On February 18, 1960, Vice-President Richard Nixon officially opened the Squaw Valley Olympic games. The Olympic torch was ignited by Kenneth Charles Henry, gold-medalist 500 meter speed skating in the 1952 Winter Olympics.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Jenkins, DavidDavid Jenkins Figure skating Men's singles
 Gold Heiss, CarolCarol Heiss Figure skating Ladies' singles
 Gold United States men's national ice hockey team
Bill Christian   Jack Kirrane   Edwyn Owen
Roger Christian   John Mayasich   Rodney Paavola
Bill Cleary   Jack McCartan   Lawrence Palmer
Bob Cleary   Robert McVey   Richard Rodenheiser
Eugene Grazia   Richard Meredith   Tom Williams
Paul Johnson   Weldon Olson
Ice hockey Men's competition
 Silver Pitou, PennyPenny Pitou Alpine skiing Women's downhill
 Silver Pitou, PennyPenny Pitou Alpine skiing Women's giant slalom
 Silver Snite, BetsyBetsy Snite Alpine skiing Women's slalom
 Silver Disney, BillBill Disney Speed skating Men's 500 metres
 Bronze Roles, BarbaraBarbara Roles Figure skating Ladies' singles
 Bronze Ludington, NancyNancy Ludington
Ronald Ludington
Figure skating Pairs
 Bronze Ashworth, JeanneJeanne Ashworth Speed skating Women's 500 metres

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Marvin Melville Downhill 2:15.9 22
Max Marolt 2:14.2 18
Gordi Eaton 2:14.0 17
Dave Gorsuch 2:11.0 14
Max Marolt Giant Slalom 1:54.9 21
Jim Barrier 1:52.7 16
Dave Gorsuch 1:52.3 14
Tom Corcoran 1:49.7 4
Jim Barrier Slalom DNF DNF
Frank Brown 1:58.2 52 1:03.1 12 3:01.3 37
Chuck Ferries 1:16.1 16 DSQ DSQ
Tom Corcoran 1:12.5 13 1:02.2 9 2:14.7 9
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Betsy Snite Downhill DSQ
Linda Meyers 1:53.4 33
Joan Hannah 1:47.9 21
Penny Pitou 1:38.6 2
Linda Meyers Giant Slalom DSQ
Beverley Anderson 1:57.4 36
Betsy Snite 1:40.4 4
Penny Pitou 1:40.0 2
Bevery Anderson Slalom 1:13.1 38 1:00.0 14 2:13.1 26
Renie Cox 59.4 18 59.8 10 1:59.2 9
Penny Pitou 58.5 9 1:21.3 34 2:19.8 33
Betsy Snite 57.4 4 55.5 1 1:52.9 2

Biathlon[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Time Missed targets Adjusted time 1 Rank
20 km Larry Damon 1'33:38.2 13 1'59:38.2 24
Gustav Hanson 1'40:06.2 9 1'58:06.2 23
Dick Mize 1'33:56.2 11 1'55:56.2 21
John Burritt 1'36:36.8 5 1'46:36.8 14

1Two minutes added per missed target.

Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross-country skiing[edit]

The United States had a large squad of male cross-country skiers at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Charlie Akers, Karl Bohlin, John Dendahl, Theodore Farwell, Olavi Hirvonen, Sven Johanson, Peter Lahdenpera, Leo Massa, Mack Miller, and Joseph Wilson represented the US. None of them ended in the individual top ten rankings. The Men's 4×10 Kilometer Relay, with Bohlin, Dendahl, Lahdenpera, and Miller ended 11th,[4] but this was the last place among the national teams.[5]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Charlie Akers 1'02:35.7 50
Olavi Hirvonen 1'00:38.6 48
Peter Lahdenpera 59:13.0 46
Mack Miller 54:49.0 22
30 km Sven Johanson DNF
Joe Pete Wilson 2'22:16.2 43
Leo Massa 2'16:47.0 42
Mack Miller 2'03:05.4 27
50 km Theodore Farwell 3'49:56.6 31
Leo Massa 3'41:08.2 29
Olavi Hirvonen 3'36:37.8 26
Mack Miller 3'17:23.2 17
Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Mack Miller
Karl Bohlin
John Dendahl
Peter Lahdenpera
2'38:01.8 11

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Robert Brewer 7 8 1320.3 66 7
Tim Brown 5 4 1374.1 43 5
David Jenkins 2 1 1440.2 10 1
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Laurence Owen 6 6 1343.0 57 6
Barbara Roles 3 2 1414.9 26 3
Carol Heiss 1 1 1490.1 9 1
Pairs
Athletes Points Places Rank
Ila Ray Hadley
Ray Hadley
65.7 78 11
Maribel Owen
Dudley Richards
67.5 69 10
Nancy Ludington
Ronald Ludington
76.2 27.5 3

Ice hockey[edit]

Group C[edit]

Top two teams (shaded ones) from each group advanced to the final round and played for 1st-6th places, other teams played in the consolation round.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  United States 2 2 0 0 19 6 4
2  Czechoslovakia 2 1 1 0 23 8 2
3  Australia 2 0 2 0 2 30 0
  • USA 7-5 Czechoslovakia
  • USA 12-1 Australia

Final round[edit]

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  United States 1 5 5 0 0 29 11 10
2  Canada 5 4 1 0 31 12 8
3  Soviet Union 5 2 2 1 24 19 5
4  Czechoslovakia 5 2 3 0 21 23 4
5  Sweden 5 1 3 1 19 19 3
6  Germany 5 0 5 0 5 45 0
  • USA 6-3 Sweden
  • USA 9-1 Germany (UTG)
  • USA 2-1 Canada
  • USA 3-2 USSR
  • USA 9-4 Czechoslovakia

Leading scorers[edit]

Rk Team GP G A Pts
3rd United States Bill Cleary 7 7 7 14
4th United States Bill Christian 7 2 11 13
7th United States John Mayasich 7 7 5 12
Gold:
Bill Christian
Roger Christian
Bill Cleary
Bob Cleary
Eugene Grazia
Paul Johnson
Jack Kirrane
John Mayasich
Jack McCartan
Robert McVey
Richard Meredith
Weldon Olson
Edwyn Owen
Rodney Paavola
Lawrence Palmer
Richard Rodenheiser
Tom Williams

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Craig Lussi Individual 52.5 51.5 158.5 31 1'07:55.7 203.419 28 361.919 30
Alfred Vincelette 58.0 56.5 190.5 28 1'07:35.4 204.774 26 395.274 26
Theodore Farwell 55.5 55.0 172.5 30 1'05:09.4 214.194 21 386.694 27
John Cress 58.0 62.0 191.5 27 1'12:59.7 183.806 31 375.919 30

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Rank Points Rank
Jon St. Andre Normal hill 81.5 92.5 34 78.5 99.8 25 192.3 28
Butch Wedin 79.0 93.5 32 72.0 93.6 36 187.1 32
Gene Kotlarek 84.0 96.5 27 77.0 fall 68.6 44 165.1 42
Ansten Samuelstuen 90.0 107.8 5 79.0 103.7 13 211.5 7

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Bill Carow DNF
Eddie Rudolph 41.2 10
Terry McDermott 40.9 7
Bill Disney 40.3 2
1500 m Eddie Rudolph 2:23.1 35
Keith Meyer 2:21.7 29
Floyd Bedbury 2:18.9 22
Dick Hunt 2:17.7 17
5000 m Floyd Bedbury 8:39.6 30
Dick Hunt 8:21.3 17
Arnold Uhrlass 8:18.0 14
10,000 m Arnold Uhrlass 16:49.3 15
Ross Zuco 16:37.6 10
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Jeanne Omelenchuk 49.3 16
Kathy Mulholland 47.9 10
Jeanne Ashworth 46.1 3
1000 m Jeanne Omelenchuk 1:39.8 15
Jeanne Ashworth 1:36.5 8
1500 m Barb Lockhart 2:37.0 18
Jeanne Omelenchuk 2:36.4 15
Jeanne Ashworth 2:33.7 11
3000 m Beverly Buhr 6:03.1 19
Cornelia Harrington 5:57.5 18
Jeanne Ashworth 5:28.5 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Olympics." Olympic.org. Web. Date accessed 9 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Olympics." <http://www.olympic.org/squaw-valley-1960-winter-olympics>. Web. Date accessed 9 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Olympics." <http://www.olympic.org/squaw-valley-1960-winter-olympics>. Web. Date accessed 9 October 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/countries/USA/winter/1960/CCS/
  5. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/winter/1960/CCS/mens-4-x-10-kilometres-relay.html