Sapporo originally was scheduled to be the site of the 1940 Winter Games, but Japan resigned as the Games' host nation after its 1937 invasion of China. Organizers of the Sapporo Winter Olympics turned a tidy profit for the Games, largely as a result of their take of the record $8.47 million for the broadcast rights.
Canada pulled out of the ice hockey competition over a dispute over the amateur status of many of the hockey players. The Canadians felt that so-called state-sponsored East European teams were in fact professional in nature, and believed that they too should be allowed to send their best to the Olympics.
Japanese ski jumpers soared to victory as Yukio Kasaga, Akitsugu Konno and Seiji Aochi finished one, two and three in the 70m hill event.
Alpine skier Francisco Fernandez Ochoa's victory in the slalom became Spain's first gold medal in the Olympic Winter Games competition.
Nordic skier Galina Kulakova of the Soviet Union won three gold medals in cross-country skiing, winning the 5km and 10km individual events, and as a member of the team 3 x 5km.
U.S. women speedskaters made their
best showing in the Winter Games, with
Anne Henning taking the gold in the 500m
and the bronze in the 1,000m, and Dianne
Holum winning the gold in the 1,000m and
the silver in the 3,000m.
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