The year is 1968 and the idyllic village of Glenoble in France is poised to host one of the biggest global sporting events - the X Olympic Winter Games. As fate would have it, 32 countries would compete in the games and for the first time since the USSR entered the games in 1956, Norway would haul in more medals than the USSR...this marks the start of the domination of the sports by other countries. This is not all. The '68 event marked the first time that the International Olympic Committee would allow East and West Germany to enter the event separately, and the first time ever the IOC ordered drug and gender testing of competitors. Below are some of the sites where these historic activities happened.

5 Olympic sites you need to see in Grenoble

The year is 1968 and the idyllic village of Glenoble in France is poised to host one of the biggest global sporting events - the X Olympic Winter Games. As fate would have it, 32 countries would compete in the games and for the first time since the USSR entered the games in 1956, Norway would haul in more medals than the USSR...this marks the start of the domination of the sports by other countries. This is not all. The '68 event marked the first time that the International Olympic Committee would allow East and West Germany to enter the event separately, and the first time ever the IOC ordered drug and gender testing of competitors. Below are some of the sites where these historic activities happened.

1. Autrans

This is a little commune in the Isère department in southeastern France. During the Glenoble 1968 Winter Olympics, it hosted the biathlon, cross country skiing, Nordic combined, and the ski jumping normal hill events.

2. Chamrousse

Located on the Belledonne Mountain Range near Grenoble in the Isère department is the Chamrousse Ski Resort that hosted the six alpine skiing events at the 1968 Winter Olympics. The Cross of Chamrousse at is 2,253 m (7,392 ft.) high and is still one of the best places to ski in the world.

3. La Patinoire Municipale

This is an indoor arena located in Glenoble. It hosted some of the ice hockey games during the 1968 Winter Olympics. Today, it is a gymnasium known as Halle Clemenceau.

4. Palais des Sports

Formerly known as Le Stade Olympique de Glace, this facility is an indoor arena that hosted the figure skating events and some ice hockey games at the 1968 Winter Olympics. The arena has a capacity of 12,000 spectators.

5. Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte

This is a commune in commune in the Isère department that hosted the ski jumping individual large hill event for the 1968 Winter Olympics. During the games, the commune had a capacity of 50,000 spectators. Today, it is rated among the best skiing destinations in the world and a major tourist attraction.

If you have never been to a European Village, Glenoble is the best place to start this experience. It is beautiful and idyllic. Life here is a little slower than the fast-paced lifestyle in the cities. If not for anything else, visit Glenoble for its Olympic Sites.

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