First gold medal for an American skier
Competing in the slalom, Gretchen Fraser (USA-Alpine skiing) recorded the fastest time in the first round. As she prepared to lead off the second round, a problem developed in the telephone timing system. Despite a 17-minute delay at such a critical time, she skied fast enough to earn the gold medal: the first ever by an American skier.
Downhill and combined double for Oreiller
Henri Oreiller (FRA-Alpine skiing) won two Olympic titles. The skier from Val d'Isère won both the downhill and the combined, becoming the first Frenchman to win an Olympic Winter title.
Barbara Scott succeeds Sonja Henie
Barbara Ann Scott (CAN-figure skating), 19, won the gold medal after a performance full of grace and technical skill. The little ice fairy thus succeeded Norway's Sonja Henie, winner at the previous three editions of the Olympic Winter Games. Scott turned professional just after the Games.
St. Moritz, 30 January 1948. The flag bearers of the Nations.
Official opening of the Games by: President of the Helvetic Confederation Enrico Celio
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: A symbolic fire at an Olympic Winter Games was first lit in 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Olympic Oath by: Riccardo "Bibi" Torriani (ice hockey)
Officials' Oath by: The officials' oath at an Olympic Winter Games was first sworn in 1972 at Sapporo.