Monday, January 26, 2009

USA Issue for 1972 Sapporo Winter Games

Hi ! This is Winter Time and most of part of world enjoying snow fall. I never experience snow fall ever, I am just thinking how fabulous it is.
Even though I can't experience beauty and enjoyment of snow fall, but I can enjoy the stamps of Winter Games. Here are some Stamps from My Swap partner
Dragan from Croatia, Who had sent me this Beautiful stamps couple of weeks before. I couldn't publish on my blog since I was searching information for that.

The 1972 Sapporo Games in Japan were the first to be held outside Europe or the United States. The subject of amateurism stirred controversy when skier Karl Schranz was declared ineligible to compete because he had allowed his name and photo to be used in commercial advertising, but full-time ice hockey players from Communist nations were allowed to compete. Galina Kulakova of the USSR won all three cross-country skiing events for women. Ard Schenk of the Netherlands took three golds in speed skating. In Alpine skiing, little-known Marie-Thérès Nadig of Switzerland won both the downhill and the giant slalom. Norway’s Magnar Solberg won the 20km race to become the first repeat winner in an individual biathlon event. Before the Sapporo Games, Japan had never won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, but in the normal hill ski jumping event, three Japanese jumpers, led by Yukio Kasaya, swept the medals.
35 NOCs (Nations)
1,006 athletes (205 women, 801 men)
35 events

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