• Short Summary

    WITH ONLY A WEEK TO GO BEFORE THE 1968 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE, TEAMS HAVE SETTLED DOWN TO HARD PRACTICES.

  • Description

    WITH ONLY A WEEK TO GO BEFORE THE 1968 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE, TEAMS HAVE SETTLED DOWN TO HARD PRACTICES. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE WILL PERFORM THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY ON FEBRUARY 6TH AND WILL RETURN TO GRENOBLE AGAINST ON THE 17TH, TO WATCH A MEN'S SKI RACE.

    THE OPENING CEREMONY HAS BEEN ARRANGED LIKE A MOVIE SPECTACLE. IN FACT, A FRENCH MOVIE DIRECTOR, JACQUES VALENTIN WILL BE DIRECTING THE CEREMONIES AND HE SAID THAT IT WILL BE VERY DRAMATIC, PARTICULARLY THE ARRIVAL OF THE OLYMPIC RUNNER WITH THE SACRED FLAME. M. VALENTIN SAID THE RUNNER WILL BE SEEN COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN ALL THROUGH THE CEREMONY.

    FOR THE CEREMONY, A SPECIAL STADIUM, SEATING 65,000, HAS BEEN BUILT.

    THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE, A COLLECTION OF SKY-SCRAPERS WHICH WILL LATER BE TURNED INTO FLATS, IS NOW HOUSING THE TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE GAMES. THE CHIEF OF BRITAIN'S WINTER OLYMPIC SQUAD, MR K.S. DUNCAN, SAID HE IS DELIGHTED WITH THE ACCOMMODATION AND THE HOSPITALITY THE TEAMS ARE RECEIVING. HE SAID HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN ANY OLYMPICS THAT EVERYONE HAD A SINGLE ROOM.

    LAST YEAR, AUSTRIAN, SWISS AND WEST GERMAN SKIERS ANGRILY WALKED OUT ON A PRE-OLYMPIC MEETING, IN PROTEST AGAINST POOR ACCOMMODATION. SINCE THEN, NO EFFORT HAS BEEN SPARED IN THE PREPARATIONS.

    HOWEVER, ONE CLOUD ON THE HORIZON CONCERNS THE BOBSLEIGH RUN AT ALPE D'HUEZ. ORGANISERS SAY THE WEATHER AND, IN PARTICULAR, TOO MUCH SNOW HAS CAUSED SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES IN PREPARING THE RUN. THE OLYMPIC TEAM HAVE NOT YET BEEN ALLOWED TO PRACTISE ON THE RUN.

    THE SKATERS, LIKE THE SKIERS, HAVE BEEN PRACTISING DAILY BUT THE WEATHER HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS TOO MILD TO YIELD FAST ICE.

    ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE GAMES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAARUDJ5I8GB95NBUOSI5NR3XGH
    Media URN:
    VLVAARUDJ5I8GB95NBUOSI5NR3XGH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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