The 1976 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XII Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated February 4–15, 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria. It was the second time the Tyrolean city hosted the Games.

Denver bidEdit

The games had originally been awarded to the city of Denver, Colorado, at the IOC conference of May 1970. But in November, 1972 a vote of the citizens of Denver to fund the games was rejected by an overwhelming margin. The Denver organizing committee officially withdrew their bid eight days later. The community of Whistler, British Columbia (which would become part of the Vancouver 2010 games) was offered the games, but they had to decline, due to recent political developments. Salt Lake City, Utah (later the 2002 hosts) offered to host as an alternate, but the IOC was not considering any alternative sites within the United States. Innsbruck was selected as the alternate host in February, 1973.

Following the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, security was tight for the 1976 games.

See AlsoEdit

  • Logos - A collection of logos featuring this event.
  • Mascots - The official mascots of this Olympics'.
  • Torch - Information about this Olympics' torch.


Preceded by
Munich 1972
Succeeded by
Montreal 1976
Preceded by
Sapporo 1972
Winter Olympics
Succeeded by
Lake Placid 1980

Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
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Winter Olympic Games
Chamonix 1924St. Moritz 1928Lake Placid 1932Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936St. Moritz 1948Oslo 1952Cortina 1956Squaw Valley 1960Innsbruck 1964Grenoble 1968Sapporo 1972Innsbruck 1976Lake Placid 1980Sarajevo 1984Calgary 1988Albertville 1992Lillehammer 1994Nagano 1998Salt Lake City 2002Torino 2006Vancouver 2010Sochi 2014Pyeongchang 2018Beijing 2022