Winter Games Lake Placid 1980 New York, USA 13 - 24 February 1980

  • Host Nation USA
  • Sports 6
  • Duration 13 - 24 February 1980
  • Competition Venues 7
  • Competing Athletes 1072
  • Competing Nations 37

Lake Placid 1980

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About Games

The Winter Olympics made its second visit to Lake Placid in 1980. The Games welcomed a team of athletes from the Peoples' Republic of China for the first time, but it was the Soviet Union that once again dominated proceedings with ten gold medals.

American speed skater Eric Heiden won all five speed skating events from 500m all the way up to 10,000m, setting an Olympic record in every one. He became the first person in Olympic history to win five gold medals in individual events at the same Games. Great Britain's Robin Cousins won gold in men's singles figure skating.