1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble;


1968 Winter Olympics was a watershed moment in the sport. A crucial innovation was introduced – the doping test. It is known that the first substances affecting sporting results existed and could have been applied even before World War II. The postwar successes of pharmacology could turn the Olympics into a competition for medics with extremely unpleasant consequences for athletes. Subsequently, doping tests were improved following the invention of new banned drugs.

Representatives of 37 teams came to Grenoble. For the first time at the games it was possible to see two separate groups of German athletes – from the GDR and from Germany. Also for the first time athletes from Morocco got to the games. Athletes in that country became the only representatives of the African continent at the games

First place in the unofficial ranking of countries by number of medals was taken by Norway. Just one award from it fell behind the Soviet Union. Gold received the Soviet ice hockey team, as well as a team of biathletes. Skaters from the USSR showed high results, as in past Olympiads. Gold was won by a pair composed of Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, while silver was won by Tatyana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelick.

The third place was left behind the hostess of competitions – France. The real star of the French team was skier Jean-Claude Killy, who won 3 gold medals.

The United States produced fairly modest results, finishing only 9. The only gold medal for the national team was won by figure skater Peggy Fleming. Another skater – Tim Wood – became a silver medallist. American speed skaters also received several medals.

The Olympics have not been without scandals. In particular, from – for violation of the rules of competitions 4 sledges from the GDR were disqualified, 3 of which before took the leading positions in the final of competitions.

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