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Location of McKinney Creek Stadium, Olympic Winter Games 1960
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 39° 03.132 W 120° 06.831
10S E 749755 N 4326534
Quick Description: Location of the biathlon and cross country skiing events of the Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games, 1960
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 11:11:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMHNMD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck
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Long Description:

McKinney Creek Stadium
Olympic Winter Games 1960

A Glimpse of Days gone bye.

The 1960 Winter Olympic Games were held between 18 and 28 February 1960 in Squaw Valley, California.

While there is a lot of well preserved history of those games in the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the memory of the location of the cross country sky events has been all but wiped out, had it not been for this tiny exhibition at the location of the former McKinney Creek Stadium.

All the alpine events of the games were held in the Squaw Valley resort - the first and only time at any Olympic Games that all events were in walking distance for all athletes. However, for the Cross-country skiing and Biathlon competitions and for the cross-country part of the Nordic Combined competition, a new stadium, though temporarily, was build 12 miles from Squaw Valley.

All those structures were completely dismantled after the games and all that is left today is one tiny building at the site of the former stadium, hosting was has to be the smallest exhibition of any Olympic event at its original site.

Here is, what the exhibition tells us about the location:

The McKinney Creek Stadium, 250 meters long and 45 meters wide, was built in August of 1959. Located midway between McKinney Creek and General Creek, the stadium consisted of a timing building, six Quonset huts, bleachers for 1,000 spectators and 200 members of the press corps, a scoreboard, flagpoles and fencing.

The timing building held a communications room, the Race Secretary's office, timing staff and equipment. The public address announcer and staff were located on the roof along with 16 radio booths.

Two of the largest Quonset huts were divided into eight rooms each for competitors to change, wax skis and rest. Another Quonset hut was set up as the press room with tables, typewriters, teletypes, telephones and a photographic darkroom. A smaller hut housed administrative personnel and course preparation workers. The fifth hut was designated for ski patrol and course workers. The last hut was used for vehicle maintenance and storage.

The scoreboard stood 25 feet high over all and 54 feet long and the racer's times were shown on the left side of the board. The ten best times were displayed from two interval points relayed from the course. A US flag, an Olympic flag and an Organizing Committee flag flew above the scoreboard. Flags of al lthe nations competing in the VIII Winter Games flew along the east and west sides of the stadium.

Today, a dense new growth of trees covers most of the old Olympic trails. The structures, all temporary were removed shortly fter the games. Much of the land once used for the trail system is now in public ownership.

First leg of the 4x10K relay, with racers from
Sweden, Italy, Germany and Norway.

Skiers on race course in Tahoma, 1960, VIII Winter Olympic Games.

We wanted to include some pictures of the events held here. After an extensive internet search, we came to the conclusion, that the only remaining pictures of the 1960 cross-country skiing event were indeed those shown at this tiny exhibition.

Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, passing Hakon Brussveen, Norway,
to win Gold in the final strides of the Men's 4x10K Relay.
The Finish 4x10K Relay gold medal team..

Olympic Games: Squaw Valley Winter 1960

Sport held at venue: Skiing (Winter) - Cross Country Skiing

Sport held at venue No 2: Biathlon (Winter)

Start and/or Finish: Finish

Web Address with Additional Details: [Web Link]

Reference Supporting Olympic Use: Other

Details of Reference Supporting Olympic Use:
Exhibition at the site.

Current Use: State Park

Olympic Games No 2: Not listed

Olympic Games No 3: Not listed

Additional sport(s) held at venue: Not listed

Parking Area: Not Listed

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