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A Boomer's History of the Winter Olympics

As we get ready for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, here are highlights from past competitions

1960

Walt Disney produces the opening and closing ceremonies in Squaw Valley, Calif.

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1968

In his native France, heartthrob Jean-Claude Killy wins the triple crown of alpine skiing (downhill, giant slalom and slalom), making him the most recognized skier of his generation.

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1972

Colorado voters reject public funding of the 1976 games, forcing them to be moved from Denver to Innsbruck, Austria, which has maintained infrastructure since hosting the 1964 competition.

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1976

American figure skater Dorothy Hamill, 19, sports a perky bobbed hairstyle on her way to winning the gold medal, inspiring throngs of American women to imitate it — and landing her a lucrative contract with Clairol.

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1980

In a game that will become known as the “Miracle on Ice,” the U.S. men’s hockey team, made up of amateur and collegiate players, defeats the supposedly invincible Soviet team, which has won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954.

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1984

Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean receive 12 perfect 6.0s for their interpretation of Boléro in Sarajevo.

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1988

In its Olympic debut, the Jamaican bobsled team is disqualified after crashing and finishes last. It later becomes the subject of the 1993 Disney comedy Cool Runnings. A two-man team will compete in Sochi.

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1994

More than 120 million people tune in to watch U.S. figure skating teammates Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding face off. Kerrigan, who seven weeks earlier had been clubbed in her knee, wins the silver medal; Harding, who later pleads guilty to hindering the investigation of the attack, finishes eighth.

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