Games opening ceremony with the participation of the then US Vice President Walter Mondale was held February 14, 1980 at the city racetrack, which seats 30,000 spectators.A closing ceremony after 11 days was carried out on a specially built ice rink for the Olympics Herb Brooks Arena.One and a half weeks, instead of between the two events were marked by the dominance of the athletes of the two countries - Germany and the Soviet Union.
German Olympians have won the largest number of medals - 23 in biathlon they received five awards, while the other four went to the Soviet athletes.In bobsleigh two teams of the GDR won four of the six awards in luge - three of the nine.
representatives of the USSR received seven award
s in ski racing and four of them were gold.By tradition were strong and Soviet skaters who brought in the common fund two gold, silver and bronze medals.But the players, before five consecutive became the Olympic champions, sensationally lost composed of students and college students team USA.Total athletes of the Soviet Union won one award less than the team of the GDR, but was more gold medals in the assets of the USSR.
Americans came third in the number of awards.Also unexpected gold medal all the other players the highest standard US Olympians at the XIII Winter Olympics belonged to skater Eric Hayden.In those games, he went five times at the start and every time is faster than its rivals.With this achievement, the 21-year-old American would lead the United States alone in third place medal standings.In addition to his track speed skating family represented Hayden and Eric's younger sister, who also has not gone unrewarded - she won a bronze medal in the women's skating three kilometers.
total at the Winter Olympics 1980 has been played 38 sets of awards for which wrestled nearly 1,100 athletes from 37 countries.