In competition with the Canadian city of Calgary for the Tenth Winter Olympics, this French city finally won the 1968 games with only three votes to spare.The French State spent a lot of money to show and develop this part of the Alps. The investment was enormous and took many years to absorb. General de Gaulle, President of the French Republic, opened the games to a shower of thousands of paper flowers dropped on spectators from helicopters. The French skiers came to the fore in these games. Jean-Claude Killy won three gold medals and took the grand slam. Marielle Goitschel won the Gold for the special slalom and the Silver in the Giant Slalom. Guy Périllat, Annie Famose and Isabelle Mir all won medals, completing a brilliant team led by a historical figure in French skiing, Honoré Bonnet.