• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED OPEN THE TENTH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES AT GRENOBLE IN FRANCE.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED OPEN THE TENTH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES AT GRENOBLE IN FRANCE. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR AND COLOURFUL OPENING CEREMONIES OF ANY WINTER OLYMPIAD.

    THE DAY STARTED WITH SLEET THE TURNED TO SNOW. BUT THE SUN BROKE THROUGH BEFORE PRESIDENT DE GAULLE ARRIVED AT THE HORSE-SHOE SHAPED STADIUM THAT WAS BUILT ESPECIALLY FOR THE OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES. IT WAS DESIGNED TO HOLD 60,000, BUT ABOUT 150,000 PEOPLE THRONGED THE BEFLAGGED AREA AT THE END OF THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED OLYMPIC WAY.

    THE PRESIDENT DROVE UP IN AN OPEN CAR, STANDING TO WAVE TO THE CROWDS. HE TOOK HIS SEAT TO WATCH THE NATIONAL CONTINGENTS OF ATHLETES PARADE THROUGH THE STADIUM. THERE WERE 1,350 COMPETITORS FROM 37 NATIONS.

    SOME TEAMS MORE NATIONAL COSTUME TO ADD COLOUR TO THE PARADE. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME AT A WINTER OPLYMPICS EAST GERMANY AND WEST GERMANY MARCHED AS TWO TEAMS, BUT UNDER THE SAME FLAG AND WITH THE WEST GERMANS IN FRONT.

    FOR THE FIRST TIME A SPECIAL TROPHY WAS BEING AWARDED FOR THE SMARTEST TEAM IN THE PARADE. IT WILL ALSO BE THE LAST TIME...THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS OFFICIALLY OPEN.

    THE HIGHLIGHT CAME AS ALAIN CALMAT OF FRANCE RAN INTO THE STADIUM BEARING THE OLYMPIC TORCH ON THE LAST LAP OF ITS JOURNEY FROM MOUNT OLYMPUS IN GREECE. CALMAT, WHO WON A SILVER MEDAL IN THE FIGURE SKATING AT THE LAST WINTER OLYMPICS, RAN UP THE 80 STEPS TO LIGHT THE FLAME, AND THEN IT WAS OVER TO THE COMPETITORS TO START THE 12 DAYS OF COMPETITION ON SNOW AND ICE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEH7SVMTN0WBLCI4CN37L2KPAH
    Media URN:
    VLVAEH7SVMTN0WBLCI4CN37L2KPAH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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