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Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Winter Olympics

The 1960 Winter Games were held in Squaw Valley, USA. The use of this site is a story that will last for years to come.

It all began on December 26th, 1954 when Alexander Cushing spotted an article in the San Francisco Chronicle stating that Reno, NV and Anchorage, AK had submitted bids to hold the 1960 Winter Olympics. Holding such an acclaimed event in Squaw Valley, USA met with great ridicule at first. Cushing with the support of Curly Grieves, the Sports Editor for the San Francisco Examiner, soon announced Squaw Valley's bid for the Games.

Cushing met the IOC with the help of a diverse and knowledgeable entourage including Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Daily News columnist George Weller, and French war hero Joe Marillac. Cushing even had a 3,000 pound model of Squaw Valley built to scale in order to convince the committee to take him seriously.

On a cold spring day in 1955, in Paris, France, Alexander Cushing convinced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to select Squaw Valley, USA as the site for the VIII Olympic Winter Games. Many to this day still wonder how a town with no mayor, and a ski resort with just one chairlift, two rope tows, and a fifty-room lodge could instantly become a site of international distinction.

1. Where were the 1960 Winter Olympics held?

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2. Who was the driving force behind have the games held at location?

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3. Who helped this person in their quest to have the games held at that location?

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4. Why is so odd that the games were held at this location?

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