The 8 Forgotten Olympic Games

2.6.2014

By Kevin Okeeffe

Not every Olympic Games is a Sochi-level noisemaker; some have been lost to history's memory.

1976 Winter Olympic Games: Innsbruck, Austria

Repeat Olympics locations are rare — the exclusive club includes Athens, Los Angeles and, bizarrely, Innsbruck, Austria. The Tyrolean city had hosted the Games only 12 years prior and were something of a last resort for the ‘76 Games. Denver was the original location, but the city dropped out after a massive increase in costs. Innsbruck was chosen as an alternative to Salt Lake City, which had offered itself up but was passed over by a now America-wary International Olympic Committee. The controversy over Denver pulling out is more memorable today than the final location.

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