Emblem of the 1964 Winter Olympics[a]
|Host city||Innsbruck, Austria|
|Athletes||1,091 (892 men, 199 women)|
|Events||34 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)|
The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IXes Jeux olympiques d'hiver) (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1964), was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Innsbruck, Austria, from January 29 to February 9, 1964. The Games included 1091 athletes from 36 nations, and the Olympic Torch was carried by Joseph Rieder, a former alpine skier who had participated in the 1956 Winter Olympics.
The Games were affected by the deaths of Australian alpine skier Ross Milne and British luge slider Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypeski, during training, and by the deaths, three years earlier, of the entire US figure skating team and family members.
Innsbruck competed against Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Lahti, Finland, for the right to host the 1964 Winter Olympics. Here is the resulting vote count that occurred at the 55th IOC Session, in Munich, West Germany, on May 26, 1959:
|1964 Winter Olympics bidding result|
Medals were awarded in 34 events contested in 6 sports (10 disciplines).
36 nations sent athletes to compete in Innsbruck. India, Mongolia, and North Korea participated in the Winter Games for the first time. Athletes from West Germany (FRG) and East Germany (GDR) competed together as the United Team of Germany from 1956 to 1964.
|Participating National Olympic Committees|
|EUA||United Team of Germany||96|
These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:
|6||United Team of Germany||3||3||3||9|
|Totals (10 nations)||33||37||27||97|
|30 January||Speed skating||Women's 500 metres||Soviet Union||Lidiya Skoblikova||Irina Yegorova||Tatyana Sidorova|
|1 February||Cross-country skiing||Women's 10 kilometre||Soviet Union||Klavdiya Boyarskikh||Yevdokiya Mekshilo||Mariya Gusakova|
|4 February||Luge||Men's singles||United Team of Germany||Thomas Köhler||Klaus-Michael Bonsack||Hans Plenk|
|5 February||Speed skating||Men's 5000 metres||Norway||Knut Johannesen||Per Ivar Moe||Fred Anton Maier|
|6 February||Alpine skiing||Women's downhill||Austria||Christl Haas||Edith Zimmermann||Traudl Hecher|
Two fatal events before the 1964 Winter Olympics affected the outcome and mood of the Games: