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The 1972 winter games organised in this large city on the island of Hokkaido started with a bang.The best downhill racer at the time, the Austrian Kark Schranz, was banned from the games. He had just criticised the president of the ICO in articles in the press. The latter, Avery Brundage, was a fierce opponent of any kind of professionalism on the part of athletes, and threatened to resign if Schranz were not disqualified.These first winter games to take place in Asia began badly, but were to end well, even though a storm on the last evening turned the town into a quagmire.A far as sports go, these games launched the Soviet skater Rodnina who was to retain supremacy title eight years running.The games were dominated by the Soviets, while the Italian Gustavo Thoeni and the Swiss Marie-Thérèse Nadig performed brilliantly on the slopes.
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