1948 Winter Olympics


1948 Winter Olympics

Olympics infobox|1948|Winter
Name = V Olympic Winter Games

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Host city = St. Moritz, Switzerland
Nations participating = 28
Athletes participating = 669 (592 men, 77 women)
Events = 22 in 4 sports
Opening ceremony = January 30, 1948
Closing ceremony = February 8, 1948
Officially opened by = President Enrico Celio
Athlete's Oath = Riccardo Torriani
Judge's Oath =
Olympic Torch =
Stadium = Olympic Ice Rink

The 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The games opened on January 30, 1948. St. Moritz was also the site of the 1928 Winter Olympics.

These Games were the first in twelve years, as none were held during World War II.

Highlights

*A North American sweep in figure skating:
**Barbara Ann Scott became the first Canadian to win the figure skating gold medal.
**Dick Button became the first American to win a figure skating title for the United States, and also became the first figure skater to perform a double axel during an Olympic figure skating event.
*Winter pentathlon was held as a demonstration sport.
*Norway won all three medals in the ski jumping event.

Medal winners

* Alpine skiing
* Bobsleigh
* Figure skating
* Ice hockey
* Nordic skiing
** Cross-country skiing
** Nordic combined
** Ski jumping
* Speed skating
* Tobogganing (skeleton)

Demonstration sports

* Military patrol
* Winter pentathlon

Venues

*St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
*St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun

Participating nations

28 nations competed in St. Moritz, the same number as the previous Winter Games in 1936. Chile, Denmark, Iceland, Korea, and Lebanon all made their Winter Olympic debut at these Games. Germany and Japan were not invited because of their involvement in World War II. Estonia and Latvia had been annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, and would not compete again as independent nations until 1992. Argentina returned to the Winter Games after missing the 1932 and 1936 Games, and Australia and Luxembourg did not compete in 1948, after having participated in 1936.

Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1948 Winter Games.

External links

* [http://www.marcolympics.org/jeux/1948/winter/index.php The program of the 1948 St. Moritz Winter Olympics]


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