The 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley, California
In 1955, the International Olympic Committee announced its choice for the location of the 1960 Winter Games. The news was greeted with surprise and in some cases open disbelief. At the time, Squaw Valley was a sleepy community, nestled in a deep, high mountain forest. Though blessed with an abundance of natural resources, it was not even remotely suited to hosting a high profile international sporting event.
The saga of the 1960 Winter Olympics is a true Cinderella story with a cast of unlikely characters lending their magic to make an impossible dream come true. What began as a publicity stunt with no real hope of success became a stunning example of American ingenuity, perseverance and dedication. In just four years this quiet mountain valley was transformed into an Olympic city that would dazzle the world.