Interneige 1976

Entrants Winter 1976:
Switzerland (CH) • France (F)

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Georges Kleinmann (SSR - CH)
Simone Garnier (Antenne 2 - F)

International Referees:
Gennaro Olivieri and Guido Pancaldi

Director:
Paul Siegrist

Executive Producers:
Guy Lux
Claude Savarit

Producers:
Jean-Luc Balmer
Marius Berger

Produced by SSR-SRG-TSI (CH), ANTENNE 2 (F)

Key:
Winter International Heats
 
l = Qualified for Winter International Final / l = Heat Trophy Winner
Winter International Final
l = Winter International Final Trophy Winner

F

Interneige 1976

Heat 1

Event Staged: Sunday 25th January 1976
Venue: Ski Slopes, Briançon, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Sunday 25th January 1976, 3.00-4.20pm (Live)
Antenne 2 (F):
Sunday 25th January 1976, 3.00-4.10pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Les Diablerets (CH) v. Briançon (F)

Games included: Game of Questions / Parallel Slalom.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

 CH • Les Diablerets l l
 F • Briançon

10 or more
6 or less

The Games in Detail

Game of Questions / Parallel Slalom

The final game in all the programmes was played in two distinctive parts and it involved some complicated scoring. The first part of the game was played by dignitaries or members of the tourism bureaux associated with the competing towns. One of the teams was asked a question based on the Winter Olympics and they had thirty seconds to answer. If the answer they supplied was correct, a competitor from each of the teams would participate in a straight-forward downhill ski-slalom. If the skier from the team that answered the question won the slalom, then they would score 2pts. If they lost the slalom, they would not score anything and the opposing team was then asked a question. This was then repeated until both teams had been asked two questions each. However, if the question was answered incorrectly originally, the ski-slalom would still take place, but although the team could not score points, it was important to still win the slalom as the non-answering team could score a bonus of two points if they themselves won it. Teams were therefore able to acquire up to a maximum of eight additional points from the final game, dependent on the skills of their dignitaries combined with their skiers.

The 1976 Interneige series was re-run on Swiss television channel SSR. Information we have details Heat 2 being repeated on Sunday 4th April between 6.00 and 7.00pm, with the Winter Final shown again on Sunday 11th April 1976. Clearly, these repeated programmes were slightly edited for timing reasons.

Additional Information

The Interneige winter series originally ran from 1965-1968 and was revived this year to be played once again by teams from Switzerland and France. Three programmes were made this year and the gaps in transmission were due in part to the staging and transmission of the 1976 Winter Olympics from Innsbruck, Austria. The opening credits of this series were superimposed over footage from the original four series of Interneige, showing highlights of the games previously played.

The 1976 Interneige series was re-run on Swiss television channel SSR. Information we have details Heat 2 being repeated on Sunday 4th April between 6.00 and 7.00pm, with the Winter Final shown again on Sunday 11th April 1976. Clearly, these repeated programmes were slightly edited for timing reasons.

Made in Colour • This programme may exist in European Archives

 

CH

Interneige 1976

Heat 2

Event Staged: Sunday 29th February 1976
Venue: Ski Slopes, Thyon 2000 Ski Resort, Thyon, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH):
Sunday 29th February 1976, 3.00-4.10pm (Live)
Antenne 2 (F):
Sunday 29th February 1976, 3.00-4.10pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: Carnival of Animals

Teams: Thyon 2000 (CH) v. Les Gets (F)

Team Members included:
Thyon 2000 (CH) -
Benhard d’Aquilleau, Jean-René Dear, Christian Generlé, Joseph Ruudarte;
Les Gets (F) - Daniel Courtar, Thierry Ensendeau, Jacques Micheau, William Pascuire

Games: The Downhill Penguins, The Explorer and the Apes, The Horses, the Elephants, the Snails and the Giraffes, Prisoners and the Gendarme, Blindfolded Football, The Giant Elephants and Game of Questions / Parallel Slalom.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 CH • Thyon 2000 l

 F • Les Gets l

10
6

The Games in Detail

Game 6 - The Giant Elephants

The sixth game - ‘The Giant Elephants’ - ended in a draw, which may not seem so strange. However, the game involved four skiers inside an enormous life-size elephant costume, and they had to literary ski down a large slalom course around trees. Only the two skiers at the front of the costume were able to see anything through slits in the elephant’s body. The game was played over two individual runs, and both teams finished the course in 38 seconds. As drawn games were not permitted in this series of Interneige, a standard tie-breaker game (a simple ski-jump with measured distance markers to see which could jump furthest) had to be played to decide which team got the 2pts. This was played on all drawn games in this series.

Additional Information

At this point, Swiss team Thyon 2000 were the first team to appear in Jeux Sans Frontières with a number as a part of their name. During the 1990s in the revived series, Hungarian teams from Budapest also appeared with their kerület (district) numbering system.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

F

Interneige 1976

Winter Final

Event Staged: Sunday 7th March 1976
Venue: Ski Slopes, Les Gets, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH):
Sunday 7th March 1976, 3.00-4.10pm (Live)
Antenne 2 (F):
Sunday 7th March 1976, 3.00-4.10pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Les Diablerets (CH) v. Les Gets (F)

Games included: Game of Questions / Parallel Slalom.

Team Members included:
Les Gets (F) - Daniel Courtar, Thierry Ensendeau, Jacques Micheau, William Pascuire

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

-

Result unknown

-

Additional Information

Although no details are known about the first of the Winter International Heats, information gleaned from the second heat confirms that Les Diablerets from Switzerland and Les Gets from France qualified for the International Final.

Made in Colour • This programme may exist in European Archives

 

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