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Summer Olympics
1896 Athens, Greece
1900 Paris, France
1904 St.Louis, USA
1906 Athens, Greece
1908 London, England
1912 Stockholm, Sweeden
1920 Antwerp, Belgium
1924 Paris, France
1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932 Los Angeles, USA
1936 Berlin, Germany
1948 London, England
1952 Helsinki, Finland
1956 Melbourne, Australia
1960 Rome, Italy
1964 Tokyo, Japan
1968 Mexico City, Mexico
1972 Munich, Germany
1976 Montreal, Canada
1980 Moscow, USSR
1984 Los Angeles, USA
1988 Seoul, Korea
1992 Barcelona, Spain
1996 Atlanta, USA
2000 Sydney, Australia
Winter Olympics
1924 Chamonix, France
1928 St.Moritz, Switzerland
1932 Lake Placid, USA
1936 Garmisch, Germany
1948 St.Moritz, Switzerland
1952 Oslo, Norway
1956 Cortina, Italy
1960 Squaw Valley, USA
1964 Innsbruck, Austria
1968 Grenoble, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan
1976 Innsbruck, Austria
1980 Lake Placid, USA
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1988 Calgary, Canada
1992 Albertville, France
1994 Lillehammer, Norway
1998 Nagano, Japan
2002 Salt Lake City, USA

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1968 WINTER OLYMPIAD
GRENOBLE, FRANCE

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Composition:

Bronze

Shape:

Round

Diameter:

68 mm

Thickness:

7 mm

Weight:

158 grams

Edge:

1967 BRONZE, 1968 BRONZE

Mintage:

5,000 ?

Designer:

J.M. Coeffin

DESCRIPTION

One of the largest and heaviest issues in the OPM series. The obverse has a well-struck profile of a Greek athlete wearing a headband against a background of falling snowflakes. The reverse displays a cityscape and view of Mount Belladonne surrounded by the legend Xes JEUX OLYMPIQUES DíHIVER. The word GRENOBLE along with the Olympic emblem rest near the center. The medal was presented in a round, maroon colored case with no inscription.

THE GAMES

At the 1968 Grenoble Games, sex tests for women were introduced. French hero Jean-Claude Killy swept the menís Alpine events but only after the greatest controversy in the history of the Winter Olympics. Killyís rival, Karl Schranz, claimed that a mysterious man in black crossed his path during the slalom race, causing him to skid to a halt. Given a restart, Schranz beat Killyís time. However, a Jury of Appeal disqualified Schranz and gave the victory to Killy. There was also controversy in the womenís luge when the three East German entrants, who had finished first, second and fourth, were disqualified for heating their runners. Toini Gustafsson starred in womenís cross-country skiing, winning both individual races and earning a silver medal in the relay. Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, an elegant married couple, successfully defended their pairs figure skating title. Eugenio Monti piloted his two-man and four-man bobsleighs to gold medals.