• Short Summary

    INNSBRUCK IS PREPARING FOR AN INVASION.FOR IN A MONTH'S TIME AN ARMY OF 500,000 SPORTS?

  • Description

    INNSBRUCK IS PREPARING FOR AN INVASION.FOR IN A MONTH'S TIME AN ARMY OF 500,000 SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS ARE EXPECTED TO SWAMP THIS LOVELY TOWN NESTLING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE AUSTRIAN TYROL FOR THE 1964 WINTER OLYMPICS.

    PLAYING HOST TO THE WORLD, AUSTRIA IS TAKING GREAT PRIDE IN THE SPORTING FACILITIES AT INNSBRUCK.TROOPS OF THE AUSTRIAN ARMY ARE BILLETED IN INNSBRUCK TO MAINTAIN THE RINKS AND SKI-RUNS DURING THE GAMES WHICH RUN FROM JANUARY 29 TO FEBRUARY 9.A TEAM OF 2,000 SOLDIERS WILL BE ON DUTY DURING THE TEN DAY GAMES ACTING AS LIAISON STAFF.

    WHEN OUR CAMERAMAN VISITED THE ICE RINK YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) HE WAS ABLE TO FILM SOME OF EUROPE'S LEADING SKATERS TRAINING FOR THE GAMES, AMONG THEM THE HUNGARIAN CHAMPION IVANHAY, AND AUSTRIAN SPEED-SKATERS SEEBECK AND STROUTZ.WHEN WORLD RECORDS ARE AT STAKE THE ICE MUST BE PERFECT AND ALL COMPETITORS HAVE AN EVEN CHANCE.

    NOT FAR AWAY A TEAM OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS WERE CUTTING ICE BRICKS TO LINE THE BOB-SLEIGH RUN.BLOCKS ARE FIRST CUT OUT FROM THE LAKE WITH A SAW, AND THEN SHAPED INTO SMALL BRICKS.THEY ARE THEN TRANSPORTED TO THE BOB-SLEIGH RUN AND PLACED, LIKE TILES, ON THE FLOOR AND WALLS OF THE RUN.ONCE HOSED OVER WITH WATER THIS RUN WILL BECOME PURE ICE.BOTH MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE COMPETING IN THE TOBOGGANING EVENTS AND UP TO FOUR-MAN TEAMS IN THE THRILLING BOB-SLEIGH CHAMPIONSHIP, HURTLING DOWN THIS TRACK AT SPEEDS UP TO 80 MILES (128 KILOMETRES) AN HOUR.ITALIAN TEAMS ARE AMONG THE FAVOURITES FOR THE BOB-SLEIGH EVENTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA12Z6LTCJCKHJ8S5UHBL94OQR0
    Media URN:
    VLVA12Z6LTCJCKHJ8S5UHBL94OQR0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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