Organizers of Games were afraid that representatives of many European countries will not be able to arrive across the ocean because of financial difficulties. However nevertheless there arrived 307 athletes, including 30 women from 17 countries. Nearly a half of all participants of Games - 150 people were made by representatives of the USA and Canada, some European countries were compelled to be limited to small delegations: Finland - 7 people, Sweden - 12 people, etc.
Awards were played in 29 types of competitions of 5 sports. Biathlon was for the first time included. In competitions for women there was a speed skating. Due to the lack of the route competitions in bobsled were not held.
Innsbruck was perfectly prepared for Games. Were built new and the being available sports constructions are reconstructed. However thaw sharply complicated a situation of competitions. Special services had to move 15 000 cubic meters of snow from hollows on toboggan, bobsleigh and ski slopes. Competitions were held at very high level.
Participants of competitions challenged superiority in 24 types of competitions of 5 sports. Also the expanded programme of competitions in cross-country skiing was changed. Instead of race on 18 km races on 15 and 30 km were carried out, women competed in relay 3 x 5 km.
The convincing all-command victory was won by athletes of Norway having scored 100 points and having won 15 medals - 7 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze. The athletes of Germany who took the second place had 46 points and 6 medals - 3 gold and 3 silver. Olympians of Sweden were third having won 42 points and 7 medals - 2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze.
In all three disciplines of cross-country skiing - 18 km, 50 km and relay 4 x 10 km by winners became athletes of Sweden. Frenchman A. Oreye who won a gold medal in downhill racing appeared the hero of competitions of mountain skiers, having won against 112 participants, was the third in slalom and the first in a double-event.
In cross-country skiing gold medals were won by athletes of Sweden, at distances of 18 km and 50 km, and athletes of Finland in relay 4 x 10 km. In an alpine skiing double-event both at men, and at women the first and second places appeared at Olympians of Germany.
Medal events were held in 14 turns of the programme of 5 sports. All gold medals in speed skating were won by athletes of the USA. However experts connect this impressive victory with Americans managed to impose that to representatives of the Scandinavian countries a new order of carrying out runnings - with the general start accepted in America. Really, some days later, in the World Cup held in the same Lake Placid by the international rules, the Scandinavian skaters were stronger.
In an informal team competition with overwhelming advantage the victory over rivals was won by athletes of Norway having won 122,5 points and 18 medals - 4 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze. The Finnish Olympians were second, having scored 59,5 points and 9 medals - 4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze, and the third athletes of the USA with 26 points and 3 medals - 1 gold and 2 silver.
For the first time winter Games were held in the capital of the European state, but not in the small resort town that gave them bigger solemnity and attracted a huge number of the audience. By the beginning of competitions the new winter stadium was built, the springboard is reconstructed and the modern route for bobsled is built.
To each of them it was handed on a gold medal. The first the distance of 5000 m with the Olympic record was overcome by B. Shilkov. The representative of the northern country got only one gold medal - Swede S. Eriksson became the champion in run on 10 000 m.
In bobsled athletes of the USA acted obviously more weakly in comparison with the previous Games. They managed to win gold and bronze medals in competitions of the two, and in competitions of the fours the first and second places were taken by representatives of Switzerland.
Organizers of competitions were well prepared for them. The covered winter stadium on 11 000 viewers near which the 400-meter path from artificial ice for competitions of skaters was laid.
In all disciplines of skiing by winners there were athletes of Norway. From 12 held medal events they conceded only one - in race on 18 km the Finnish skier T. Nick got a bronze medal. Three gold and one bronze medal the strongest skier of the world of those years Norwegian T. Haug was awarded.