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Olympic Games

V (5th) WINTER GAMES
ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND | Jan 30th - Feb 8th, 1948


St Moritz, SUI


St. Moritz 1948

St. Moritz, Switzerland
Vth WINTER GAMES

January 30 - February 8, 1948

Mascot - none

28 countries, 669 athletes (77 women)

5 sports, 22 events

Opening - President Enrico Celio

Torch lit by - none

Candidates: Lake Placid, USA

World War II caused a suspension of Olympic events in 1940 and 1944. The Olympic Winter Games resumed in 1948, with a revisit to the 1928 host site, St. Moritz. Alpine skiing was expanded to include separate downhill and slalom events for both men and women. Participation, both by individuals and countries, had increased but the extremely poor condition of the facilities and the dreadful weather had considerable influence on the results.

The Games returned to St. Moritz largely because Switzerland's neutrality during the war left it unscathed. Both Germany and Japan, as aggressor countries, were barred from competing by the IOC as punishment for their actions during the war.

The hockey portion of the Games was shrouded in controversy because of a dispute between the U.S. Olympic Association (now known as the USOC) and the Amateur Hockey Association. The USOA sent one team, and the AHA sent its own. However the IOC threatened to cancel the hockey competition if the dispute was not settled, so it was decided that the AHA team could play, but its results would not count. The team finished fourth. Once the competition began, it was the Canadians who returned to their familiar dominance in winning the gold, with Czechoslovakia coming in second, and Switzerland in third.

In figure skating, 18-year-old American Dick Button won gold and in the process revolutionized the sport with his athletic jumping style. Canadian Barbara Ann Scott defeated her European counterparts to claim gold in the ladies' competition.

The Scandinavian countries once again dominated the Nordic events. The Swiss and Americans took the medals in the bobsled events. For the fourth time out of five Olympics, Norway was atop the medals table with 10, tied with Sweden and Switzerland.

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5 sports, 22 events

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BOBSLEIGH

   

1

1

           

2

ICE HOCKEY

         

1

       

1

LUGE

                 

1

1

SKATING

                     

Figure Skating

     

1

 

1

   

1

 

3

Speed Skating

3

1

               

4

SKIING

                     

Alpine Skiing

   

2

1

2

 

1

     

6

Cross-Country Skiing

 

3

               

3

Nordic Combined

             

1

   

1

Ski Jumping

1

                 

1

TOTAL

4

4

3

3

2

2

1

1

1

1

22

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

(5 new events, Luge added)
(17 Men, 4 Women, 1 Combined Events)

BOBSLEIGH
M\Two-Man: Felix Endrich/Friedrich Waller, SUI
M\Four-Man: United States

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Canada

LUGE (NEW)

M\Skeleton-Cresta Run: Nino Bibbia, Italy

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING
M\Alpine Combined: Henri Oreiller, France
M\Downhill: Henri Oreiller, France
M\Slalom: Edi Reinalter, Switzerland
W\Alpine Combined: Trude Beiser, Austria
W\Downhill: Hedy Schlunegger, Switzerland
W\Slalom: Gretchen Fraser, United States

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
M\18km Classical: Martin Lundström, Sweden
M\50km Classical: Nils Karlsson, Sweden
M\4x10km Relay: Sweden

NORDIC COMBINED
M\Individual: Heikki Hasu, Finland

SKI JUMPING

M\K-90 Individual: Petter Hugsted, Norway

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
M\Singles: Richard Button, United States
W\Singles: Barbara Ann Scott, Canada
Pairs: Micheline Lannoy/Pierre Baugniet, Belgium

SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Finn Helgesen, Norway
M\1500m: Sverre Farstad, Norway
M\5000m: Reidar Liaklev, Norway
M\10000m: Ake Seyffarth, Sweden

Country

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S

B

TTL

Norway

4

3

3

10

Sweden

4

3

3

10

Switzerland

3

4

3

10

United States

3

4

2

9

France

2

1

2

5

Canada

2

0

1

3

Austria

1

3

4

8

Finland

1

3

2

6

Belgium

1

1

0

2

Italy

1

0

0

1

Czechoslovakia

0

1

0

1

Hungary

0

1

0

1

Great Britain

0

0

2

2

TOTAL

22

24

22

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