In the presence of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met today (Tuesday) in Amsterdam to decide the sites for 1976 Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
In the presence of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met today (Tuesday) in Amsterdam to decide the sites for 1976 Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Mr. Avery Brundage of the United States, President of the IOC, announced that Montreal had defeated Moscow by thirteen votes to become the venue for the Summer Olympics; while Denver, Colorado, defeated Sion, Switzerland, by nine votes for the Winter venue.
The decision in Montreal's favour was a triumph for the City's Mayor, M. Jean Drapeau, who put Montreal's case before the Committee the previous day. It was, however, a big disappointment for the Soviet Representatives who had been confident that the election would go their way.
In the first ballot - with Los Angeles also competing as a candidate - Moscow led with 28 votes to Montreal's 25 and Los Angeles' 17 - but, when the California city was eliminated in the second ballot all her votes went to Montreal delivering a crushing defeat to Moscow - as announced by Mr. Brundage:
When Denver's victory was announced, Mr. Robert Pringle, Chairman of the city's Olympic Organising Committee, heaved of sigh of relief at hearing that they had been chosen after six years of campaigning to convince the IOC that the altitude of their projected ski slopes would no not be detrimental to the Games.
As for Montreal - claimed to be still suffering from the financial strain of staging "Expo '67" - it became the first Canadian city to host a Summer Olympics since the modern Games began in 1896.