1948 Winter Olympics

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The 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as St. Moritz 1948, were a winter multi-sport event held from 30 January to 8 February 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Games were the first to be celebrated after World War II; it had been twelve years since the last Winter Games in 1936.

Events[edit | edit source]

Medals were awarded in 21 events contested in 3 sports (8 disciplines).


There were also two demonstration sports, military patrol and the winter pentathlon.

Venues[edit | edit source]

Venue Sports Capacity
Around the hills of St. Moritz Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing) Not listed.
Cresta Run Skeleton Not listed.
Kulm Ice hockey Not listed.
Olympiaschanze St. Moritz Ski jumping, Nordic combined (ski jumping) Not listed.
Olympic Stadium Opening / closing ceremonies, Figure skating, Ice hockey (final), Speed skating Not listed.
Piz Nair Alpine skiing Not listed.
St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun Bobsleigh Not listed.
Suvretta Ice hockey Not listed.

Participating nations[edit | edit source]

28 nations competed in St. Moritz, the same number as the previous Winter Games in 1936.<ref>Comité Olympique Suisse (1948) 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. Italy, despite being an Axis power originally, was allowed to send athletes after their defection to the Allies in 1943. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 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, even though they had participated in 1936.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Medal winners[edit | edit source]

Alpine skiing
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's downhill France Henri Oreiller Austria Franz Gabl Switzerland Fernand Grosjean
Women's downhill Austria Trude Beiser Austria Resi Hammerer United States Gretchen Fraser
Men's slalom Switzerland Edy Reinalter France James Couttet Switzerland Karl Molitor
Women's slalom Switzerland Antoinette Meyer Switzerland Renée Clerc United States Gretchen Fraser
Men's combined France Henri Oreiller Switzerland Karl Molitor France James Couttet
Women's combined United States Gretchen Fraser Switzerland Rosemarie Bleuer Austria Trude Beiser
Bobsleigh
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Two-man Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Flag of United States United States
Four-man Flag of United States United States Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Flag of Belgium Belgium
Cross-country skiing
Event Gold Silver Bronze
18 km Sweden Martin Lundström Sweden Nils Ostensson Sweden Gunnar Eriksson
50 km Sweden Nils Karlsson Sweden Harald Eriksson Finland Benjamin Vanninen
4x10 relay Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Finland Finland Flag of Norway Norway
Figure skating
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles Hungary Ede Király Switzerland Hans Gerschwiller Austria Edi Rada
Ladies singles Canada Barbara Ann Scott Austria Eva Pawlik Canada Suzanne Morrow
Pairs Belgium Micheline Lannoy/Pierre Baugniet United States Yvonne Sherman/Robert Swenning Canada Suzanne Morrow/Wallace Diestelmeyer
Nordic combined
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual Finland Heikki Hasu Sweden Sven Israelsson Sweden Clas Haraldsson
Skeleton
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual United States John Heaton United States Wilbur Lee Martin Italy Nino Bibbia
Ski jumping
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual Norway Birger Ruud Norway Petter Hugsted Norway Thorleif Schjelderup
Speed Skating
Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres Norway Thomas Byberg Norway Finn Helgesen Finland Lassi Parkkinen
1500 metres Norway Sverre Farstad United States Ken Bartholomew Norway Odd Lunndberg
5000 metres Norway Reidar Liaklev Norway Odd Lundberg Finland Kalevi Laittinen
10 000 metres Sweden Ake Seyffarth Finland Lassi Parkkinen Sweden Göthe Hedlund

Medal count[edit | edit source]

  *   Host nation (Switzerland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Norway43310
 Sweden43310
3 Switzerland*36211
4 United States3339
5 France2114
6 Austria1326
7 Finland1236
8 Canada1023
9 Belgium1012
10 Hungary1001
11 Italy0011
Totals (11 nations)21212163

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Cortina d'Ampezzo
cancelled due to World War II
V Olympic Winter Games
St. Moritz

1948
Succeeded by
Oslo

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