Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

The mod­est Cal­i­for­nia ski resort re­quired US$80 mil­lion — about $820 mil­lion Cdn in to­day’s dol­lars — to bring it up to snuff, but even at that it was de­cided not to con­struct a bob­sled track, so that sport was not rep­re­sented.

The speedskating, fig­ure skat­ing and ice hockey com­pe­ti­tions were, for the first time in the Win­ter Olympics, held on ar­ti­fi­cial ice.

Exclusive tele­vi­sion rights were bought by CBS for $50,000, and their im­pact was swift. When of­fi­cials were un­sure if a men’s slalom com­peti­tor had missed a gate, they asked the net­work to re­view its tape. This prompted CBS to in­vent in­stant re­play.

Canada won two gold medals — Anne Heg­gtveit in slalom, and Bar­bara Wag­ner and Robert Paul in pairs fig­ure skat­ing — a sil­ver in men’s hockey and a bronze for Don Jack­son in fig­ure skat­ing.

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