1928 Winter Olympics

1928 Winter Olympics

Olympics infobox|1928|Winter
Name = II Olympic Winter Games

Size = 150px
Host city = St. Moritz, Switzerland
Nations participating = 25
Athletes participating = 464
(438 men, 26 women)
Events = 14 in 6 sports
Opening ceremony = February 11, 1928
Closing ceremony = February 19, 1928
Officially opened by = President Edmund Schulthess
Athlete's Oath = Hans Eidenbenz
Judge's Oath =
Olympic Torch =
Stadium = Olympic Ice Rink
The 1928 Winter Olympics, officially known as the II Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1928 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The 1928 Games were the first true "Winter Olympics" held on its own as they were not in conjunction with a "Summer Olympics". The preceding 1924 Winter Olympics were retroactively renamed into Winter Olympics. They were actually part of the 1924 Summer Olympics. All preceding Winter Events of the Olympic Games were the winter sports part of the schedule of the Summer Games, and not as a separate Winter Games. These games also replaced the now redundant Nordic Games, that were held quadrennially since early in the century.

Highlights

* Sonja Henie wins her first gold medal in women's figure skating.
* Ivar Ballangrud won the olympic title in the 5,000m speed skating and Clas Thunberg won the 500m and the 1,500m.
* Norway finished on top of the medal table with a total of 6 gold medals, 4 silver and 5 bronze, a total of 15 medals. The USA finished second in the table.

Events

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

Demonstration sports

* Military patrol
* Skijoring

Venues

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

Participating nations

Athletes from 25 nations competed at these Games, up from 16 in 1924. Nations making their first appearance at the Winter Olympic Games were Argentina (first participation of a delegation coming from a country belonging to the Southern Hemisphere), Estonia, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Romania.

Medal count

External links

* [http://www.marcolympics.org/jeux/1928/winter/index.php The program of the 1928 St. Moritz Winter Olympics]


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