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Sapporo 1972 - Quick hits
- Local heroes
Japenese ski jumpers Yukio Kasaya (center), Akitsugu Konno (2nd right) and Seiji Aochi (2nd left) swept to the medals in the normal hill ski jump event, the celebrations were even more enthusiastic as the trio hailed from the island of Hokkaido, of which Sapporo is the regional capital.
- Major slip
A fall during the 500m speed skating event deprived Dutchman Ard Schenk of a chance of winning all four disciplines. As if treble gold success in the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m races was not enough, Schenk went on to win the Grand slam at the world championships two weeks after the Games.
- You cannot be serious
When Annemarie Proll arrived at the Sapporo Games she had won every downhill race of the season. But in Japan, the Austrian was twice floored by the little-known Swiss racer Marie-Therese Nadig (center); in the downhill, and then in the giant slalom. It was all the more remarkable because Nadig had never, up to that point, won a single world cup race.
- Too much pain
Devastated by her defeat at the hands of Marie-Therese Nadig, Proll refused to attend the traditional post race press conference.
- Notable debut
Appearing at his first Olympic Games, legendary Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak helped his country to the ice hockey gold medal in 1972. He went on to win gold again in 1976 and 1984, adding a silver at Lake Placid in 1980.
Soviet skater Irina Rodnina won her first gold medal with Aleksei Ulanov. Switching partners, she again won the pairs competition at the next two Winter Olympics, this time with Alexander Zaitsev.
- Still champion
Norway's Magnar Solberg successfully defended his 20km biathlon title.
- Glorious mud
Finnish cross-country stars Eero Maentyrata and Juha Mieto were among several athletes to try the mud bath, a mixture of wood and mud heated to 60 degrees celcius placed at their disposal by the organizers. All good clean fun!
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