For the first time since the end of World War II, East and West German athletes competed on separate teams. And the International Olympic Committee set a precedent by ordering the first drug and gender testing of Olympic athletes.
The 1968 Games were dubbed the "Killympics," after French skier Jean-Claude Killy enthralled his fellow countrymen with a stunning three gold-medal sweep of all of the men's Alpine skiing events.
Peggy Fleming of the United States won the gold in women's figure skating. Her victory was the only gold medal to be won by an American competitor at the 1968 Winter Games.
Forty-year-old Eugenio Monti of Italy had spent 12 years trying to win a gold medal in Olympic bobsledding. At the Grenoble Games, his dream came true, as he not only won the gold in the two-man bobsled, but also scored a second gold as a member of the victorious Italian four-man bobsled team.
Norweigian speedskater Fred Anton Maier, a bronze medalist in the 5,000m at the 1964 Innsbruck Games, shattered the world record in the event at Grenoble, finishing almost four seconds ahead of the previous record, with a gold medal winning time of 7:22.4.
Three American women speedskaters
Mary Meyers, Dianne Holum and
Jennifer Fish all tied for the silver medal
in the 500m, with an identical time in the
event of 46.3 seconds.
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