The Winter Olympic Games came to the United States for the first time. Lake Placid native Jack Shea won two gold medals in speed skating, the first athlete to win multiple gold medals in a single Winter Olympic Games.
For the first and only time in Olympic history, the speed skating competition used mass starts with skaters racing each other. Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie won the second of her three consecutive gold medals, while Lake Placid native Jack Shea won two gold medals in speed skating, the first athlete to win multiple gold medals at the same Winter Olympic Games.
Athletes: 252 (231 men, 21 women)
Medal Count: United States 12 (6 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze); Norway 10 (3 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze); Canada 7 (1 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze)
When Peggy Fleming captured a gold medal in ladies' figure skating at the Grenoble 1968 Winter Olympic Games, she brought American figure skating back to the forefront and helped the event become one of the most popular at the Winter Olympic Games.