History of the Games


Origin and History...
The Modern Olympic Games
The Olympic Principles and Traditions
Politics and the Olympics
Olympic Controversies
The Olympics in Photos





The Olympics in Photos


Photo: Library of Congress/New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection
The Winter Games returned to the United States in 1960, with Squaw Valley, Calif., as the host. South Africa entered a team for the first time but was banned from subsequent Games because of its racial policies. The U.S. ice hockey team (above) stunned the field by taking the gold medal, defeating the Soviet Union for the first time.