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Olympics 1980 - Lake Placid, United States, February 12 - 24
No. of countries: 37
No. of athletes:  1072 (839 m + 233 w )
No. of events: 38 in 8 sports

After the debacle with Denver four years earlier, United States finally got the games organized; Lake Placid for the second time.

American Eric Heiden wins five gold medals in speed skating, but the perhaps biggest sensation was when the American ice hockey team amazingly beats the Soviet Union and goes on to win the tournament. Alpine skiers Ingemar Stenmark and Hanni Wenzel both won 2 gold medals each.

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