The 1928 Winter Olympics

The 1928 Winter Olympics

Post by Eric Gjova » Wed, 10 Jan 1996 04:00:00

The place:  St. Moritz, Switzerland
The dates:  February 11-19, 1928
Athletes:  468 men, 27 women
Nations represented:  25
Sports contested:  Bobsledding, Ice Hockey, Luge (Cresta), Figure
Skating, Speed Skating, Nordic Skiing
Medals table:
                  G   S   B
                 ===========
Norway            6   4   5
United States     2   2   2
Sweden            2   2   1
Finland           2   1   1
Canada            1   0   0
France            1   0   0
Austria           0   3   1
Belgium           0   0   1
Czechoslovakia    0   0   1
Great Britain     0   0   1
Germany           0   0   1
Switzerland       0   0   1

Highlights:
* Canada was so strong in ice hocky that they were advanced straight to
the medal round, to play the winners of three pools.  Turned out to be a
good move, as they easily beat Sweden 11-0, Great Britain 14-0, and
Switzerland 13-0 to earn the gold.
* In the Skeleton Luge event, held only in St. Moritz, the Heaton
brothers from the USA recorded the two fastest times in each of three
runs.  Jennison earned the gold, John the silver.
* Gillis Grafstrom of Sweden won his third straight men's figure skating
gold medal, narrowly edging out Willy Bockl of Austria.
* Sonja Henie of Norway easily won the gold in women's figure skating,
earning first lace votes from six of the seven judges.  Bronze medalist
Beatrix Loughran of the United States earned the distinction of earning
seven different places from the seven judges.
* The 10000 meter men's speed skating event had to be called off due to a
sudden rise in temperature and deterioration of the track, although most
of the competitors ceded the title to Irving Jaffee of the United States,
as he had turned in a blistering 18:36.5 before the event was cancelled.
* Freak weather also affected the men's 50K nordic skiing event, where
the temperature ranged from below freezing to 25 degrees Celcius.  
Sweden's Per Erik Hedlund won with a fantastic margin of over thir***
minutes.

--Eric "Soon:  Summer Games, Amsterdam, 1928" Gjovaag
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