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OLYMPIC REVIEW77 PAST EXCERPT T he Xllth Winter Games- Innsbruck 1976 are over. Looking back, it can be said that they were a success. A success mainly because they were free from attacks from the outside or scandals and negative sensations from the inside. A success, too, because about 1 ½ million on- the- spot spectators and over 600 million television viewers all over the world were shown superb Winter Games in a wonderful mountain setting. The Organising Committee's wish to place the athlete and his performance at the centre of events was fulfilled. In Innsbruck there were encounters between great sporting personalities and there was admiration for magnificent performances. It is the Organising Committee's opinion that the demand for simple Games was also met: any measures or investments not absolutely vital for the sporting events were forgone, the organisers restricting themselves to those essentials laid down by the IOC. The unexpectedly high attendance figures were to provide the biggest surprise of the Xllth Winter Games- Innsbruck 1976. In spite of total television transmission on a scale hitherto unknown, about 1 ½ million people chose to inhale the Olympic aura on the spot for themselves as visitors to the Olympic events. This stream of visitors presented the organisers with their biggest problems. Most of the Olympic competitions take place outdoors, many of them in the mountains. The approach routes are mountain roads and access is usually of an Alpine character. Exact traffic planning nevertheless made it possible to transport spectators to and from awkwardly located events – the Alpine contests in the Axamer Lizum, for instance – without any difficulty and without entailing undue delays. The sporting competitions are intended as the very core of Olympic Games and proved to be such in Innsbruck. They were free from scandal or from organisational problems and can, in fact, be regarded as exemplary. The organisers realise that the marvellous weather played a considerable part in the success of the events. Just enough snow, sunshine in abundance and clear roads all played their part in the smooth running of the sports events. I would also like to thank the IOC, IFs, the NOCs, the delegation leaders and chefs de mission and especially the many congenial sportswomen and sportsmen from all over the world. They, above all, upheld the Xllth Winter Games- Innsbruck 1976 ¦ STEPBACKINTIME: APRIL1976 WITH INNSBRUCK SET TO HOST THE FIRST WINTER YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2012, ORREPRINTS A REVIEW OF THE 1976 WINTER GAMES BY SECRETARY- GENERAL OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, KARL HEINZ KLEE Above Dorothy Hamill of the United States ( centre) not only struck gold in the women's figure skating but also inspired the popular " wedge" haircut

CLASSIC OLYMPICIMAGES ST. MORITZ 1948 SPEEDSKATING Ken Bartholomew of the United States powers to the silver medal in the men's 500m speed skating at the 1948 Winter Games. Two other athletes, his compatriot Robert Fitzgerald and Thomas Byberg of Norway were also awarded silver medals as the three of them finished in the same time. Another Norwegian, Finn Helgesen, won the gold. Photo: IOC