How many gold medals did the USA win in the 1980 Winter Olympics?
The 1980 Winter Olympics were hosted by the USA. The competition took place between February 13 to 24, 1980, in Lake Placid, New York. This was the second time Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics.
In terms of gold medals, the USA came in at third place with 6 medals, while the Soviet Union topped the chart with 10 medals and East Germany bagged second place with 9 medals. 5 of the 6 gold medals won by the USA can be attributed to one man, Eric Heiden, who won the medals for various speed skating events.
The other gold medal was won by the US ice hockey team, who defeated the Soviet Union in a surprise win.