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    Miroslava Sláma - Ic Hockey

    08/02/1948

    Many athletes at these Games had been touched by the horrors of war. The silver medal Czech team included Miroslava Sláma, who had been interned at Theresienstadt concentration camp during the War His...

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    Switzerland - Military Patrol

    08/02/1948

    Military patrol was included as a demonstration sport in a St Moritz, just as it had been on several previous occasions. It might be best described as a team version of biathlon, with four members of ...

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    Max Houben - Bobsleigh

    07/02/1948

    The Belgian team took silver in the four-man, with a crew that included a remarkably talented sportsman in Max Houben. Houben had been born in the 19th century and, as he approached his 50th year, he ...

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    Suzanne Morrow and Wallace Diestelmeyer - Figure Skating

    07/02/1948

    The Olympic Games have always been the greatest showcase of all for innovation, for the world to see how a sport can suddenly be revitalised. Dick Fosbury's new high jump technique changed his sport f...

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    Petter Hugsted - Ski Jumping

    07/02/1948

    While so much attention was focused on the return of the legendary Birger Ruud, the gold medal actually went elsewhere. Not to another country, in fact barely to another street – for victory went to a...

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    Birger Ruud - Ski Jumping

    07/02/1948

    St Moritz witnessed an astonishing performance from Birger Ruud. Ruud was already a legend of the sport, having won gold medals in the 1932 and 1936 Games, and since then he had retired from competiti...

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    Barbara Ann Scott - Figure Skating

    06/02/1948

    Barbara Ann Scott had taken a tough journey to sporting greatness but it bore fruit in St Moritz as she became the first and only Canadian woman to win figure skating gold. Scott was a skating prodigy...

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    Nino Bibbia - Skeleton

    05/02/1948

    Italy’s Nino Bibbia first arrived in St Moritz at the age of three, when his father came to the area to sell fruit, and was to develop a long love affair with the place. He watched the 1928 Games in...

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    John Heaton - Skeleton

    05/02/1948

    This was the only the second time that skeleton had been included in the Olympic programme, and you had to go back two decades to find the first incidence. The reason was that the Cresta Run in St Mor...

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    Edy Reinalter - Alpine Skiing

    05/02/1948

    It is the reaction to pressure that sometimes tells. An athlete who knows that he or she must perform under the greatest scrutiny tends to either wilt, or to rise to the occasion. In St Moritz, Edy R...

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St. Moritz 1948 photos

  • Henri Oreiller (FRA)

    French skier Henri Oreiller won two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing, in the downhill and the combined. In doing so, he became France’s first Olympic champion in Alpine skiing (St-Moritz 1948 OG)

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  • Gretchen Frazer (USA)

    Skier Gretchen Frazer was the first American woman to win an Alpine skiing gold medal, thanks to her victory in the slalom at St Moritz 1948

    ©IOC Lothar Rübelt

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    1948: Winter Olympic Games, St Moritz. Figure skating Harvard freshman, Richard (Dick) Button became Olympic champion at the age of eighteen, repeating the feat as a final year student four years later in Oslo. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive

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    Saint-Moritz 1948-Closing ceremony-the flags-holders and the nations flags.

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    Saint-Moritz 1948-ENDRICH Felix and WALLER Friedrich (SUI) 1st, FEIERABEND Fritz and EBERHARD Paul Hans (SUI)

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    Saint-Moritz 1948-BUTTON Richard (USA) 1st, GERSCHWILER Hans (SUI) 2nd et RADA Edi (AUT) 3rd.

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