|XI Olympic Winter Games|
|The emblem comprises the Rising Sun of Japan; a snowflake, a symbol of winter; and the Olympic rings with “Sapporo ’72” underneath.|
|Host city||Sapporo, Japan|
|Athletes participating||1006 (801 men, 205 women)|
|Events||35 in 6 sports|
|Opening ceremony||February 3|
|Closing ceremony||February 13|
|Officially opened by||HIM Emperor Showa|
|Athlete's Oath||Keiichi Suzuki|
|Judge's Oath||Fumio Asaki|
|Olympic Torch||Hideki Takada|
|Stadium||Makomanai Open Stadium|
The 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated from February 3 to February 13, 1972 in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It was the first Winter Olympics to be held outside Europe and North America, and only the 3rd games (summer or winter) held outside those regions over all, after Melbourne (1956 Summer Olympics) and Tokyo (1964 Summer Olympics). Sapporo was the largest city to host a Winter Games at the time.
Sapporo first won the rights to host the 1940 Winter Olympics, but Japan resigned as the Games' host after its 1937 invasion of China. The 1940 Games were later cancelled. All the cities awarded Games that were cancelled due to war have since hosted the Games (Berlin, London, Tokyo, Helsinki, and Sapporo).
Sapporo competed with Banff, Alberta, Canada; Lahti, Finland; and Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The Games were awarded at the 64th IOC Session in Rome, Italy, on April 26, 1966. With the 1972 Games, the organizers of the Sapporo Games turned a healthy profit in part because they arranged a record $8.47 million for broadcast rights.
The chart's information below comes from the International Olympic Committee Vote History web page.
|1972 Winter Olympics Bidding Results|
|City||NOC Name||Round 1|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||United States||7|
¹ New facilities constructed in preparation for the Olympic Games. ² Existing facilities modified or refurbished in preparation for the Olympic Games.
See the medal winners, ordered by sport:
35 nations participated in the 1972 Winter Olympics. The Republic of China and The Philippines participated in their first Winter Olympic Games.
These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games. The host nation Japan finished 11th.
XI Olympic Winter Games (1972)
The 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan. It was the first Winter Olympics to be held outside Western Europe and the United States, and only the 3rd Games (Summer or Winter) held outside these regions, after Tokyo and Mexico City. The city won the rights to the games in 1966.
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| Summer Games: 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, (1916), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028|
|Winter Games: 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022|
| Athens 2004 — Turin 2006 — Beijing 2008 — Vancouver 2010 — London 2012 — Sochi 2014 — Rio 2016 |
Games in italics will be held in the future, and those in (brackets) were cancelled because of war. See also: Ancient Olympic Games
|Youth Olympic Games|
|Summer Games:2010, 2014, 2018|
| Winter Games:2012, 2016|
| Singapore 2010 — Innsbruck 2012 — Nanjing 2014|