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Olympic Games

II (2nd) WINTER GAMES
ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND | February 11th - 19th, 1928


St Moritz, SUI


St Moritz 1928

St Moritz, Switzerland
IInd WINTER GAMES

February 11 - 19, 1928

Mascot - none

25 countries, 464 athletes (26 women)

5 sports, 13 events

Opening - President Edmund Schulthess

Torch lit by - none

The Swiss got the Games due to Holland backing out 

Another famous tourist resort, St. Moritz in Switzerland, played host to the second edition of the Winter Games. With the first Olympic Winter Games an enormous success, it was no surprise that the St. Moritz Games attracted an 84 percent increase in the number of participants including a 100% increase of female athletes. The Games started poorly due to extremely mild temperatures caused by the "fohn", the warm wind that sweeps the Swiss mountains from the south.

The 1928 Winter Games in St. Moritz marked the first time Germany was allowed to participate in any Olympic competition after World War I; the Soviet Union was still notably absent. The Germans won a disappointing one bronze medal. Bobsledding was in the news at the 1928 Games. A new event, the skeleton sled, was upgraded from a demonstration sport and added to the program. In addition, teams in the four-man bobsled event had an option to include a fifth member. They all took up that option.

Clas Thunberg, now almost 35, won an additional two gold medals. But the story of these Olympics was Norwegian Sonja Henie, who as a 15-year-old, won the first of her three Olympic gold medals. The U.S. bobsled team took both gold and silver in the only five-man competition in Olympic history. Once again the Canadians absolutely dominated in hockey, winning the gold medal while not allowing a goal. The 10,000m speed skating race was canceled due to high temperatures and thaw.

The Norwegians, as they did in Chamonix, won the most medals: 15.

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5 sports, 13 events

N
O
R

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A

S
W
E

F
I
N

F
R
A

C
A
N

 

BOBSLEIGH

 

1

       

1

ICE HOCKEY

         

1

1

LUGE

 

1

       

1

SKATING

             

Figure Skating

1

 

1

 

1

 

3

Speed Skating

2

   

2

   

4*

SKIING

             

Cross-Country Skiing

1

 

1

     

2

Nordic Combined

1

         

1

Ski Jumping

1

         

1

TOTAL

6

2

2

2

1

1

14

* 2 gold medals awarded in 500m Speed Skating

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
(Luge sport added; Biathlon & Curling removed, 2 events removed in Speed Skating)
(11 Men, 1 Women, 1 Combined events)

BOBSLEIGH
Five-Man: United States

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Canada

LUGE (NEW!)
Skeleton Cresta Run
: Jennison Heaton, USA

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
Singles: Gillis Grafström, Sweden
W\Singles: Sonja Henie, Norway
Pairs: Andrée Brunet & Pierre Brunet, France

SPEED SKATING
500m: Clas Thunberg, Finland & Bernt Evensen, Norway (tie)
1500m: Clas Thunberg, Finland
5000m: Ivar Ballangrud, Norway

SKIING

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
18km Classical: Johan Grøttumsbråten, Norway
50km Classical: Per Erik Hedlund, Sweden

NORDIC COMBINED
Individual: Johan Grøttumsbråten, Norway

SKI JUMPING
K-90 Individual: Alf Andersen, Norway

Country

G

S

B

TTL

Norway

6

4

5

15

USA

2

2

2

6

Sweden

2

2

1

5

Finland

2

1

1

4

France

1

0

0

1

Canada

1

0

0

1

Austria

0

3

1

4

Belgium

0

0

1

1

Czechoslovakia

0

0

1

1

Germany

0

0

1

1

Great Britain

0

0

1

1

Switzerland

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

14

12

15

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