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  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Inspirational Sláma helps Czechs to Ice Hockey silver

    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
    08 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Ice Hockey, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Canadian pair break figure skating's mould with 'death spiral'

    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 forever and so did the double axel demonstrated in St Moritz by Dick Button.
    07 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Figure Skating, Canada, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Great Scott justifies the hype with figure skating title

    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. She started the sport at the age of seven and, three years later, she has passed the top “gold figures” test, the youngest person ever to achieve that mark. A year after that, she won her first national junior title.
    06 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Figure Skating, Canada, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Heaton wins silver again as skeleton returns to the programme

    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 Moritz was considered the sport's home, so when the Winter Games had last visited St Moritz, in 1928, skeleton had been included. After that, it was taken away again.
    05 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Skeleton, United States of America, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Gretchen Fraser - Alpine Skiing

    America's Gretchen Fraser had been born into a wealthy family and started skiing when she was 13 years old. Her mother was Norwegian and Fraser always felt an affinity with the country, not least when it came to her passion for winter sport.
    05 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Alpine Skiing, United States of America, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Schlunegger becomes first women's downhill winner

    Women's Alpine skiing had made little impact on the Olympic Winter Games prior to the Second World War and, just as it was with the men, these were the Games where we got the first women’s downhill champion.
    02 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Alpine Skiing, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Lundström and Sweden dominate cross-country events

    Things were rarely quiet when Martin Lundström was around. Born into a family of 15 children, he had been a farm worker since he was a boy growing up in rural Sweden. Lundström began working in the woods when he was just 13 and also skied to school, growing into a tough young man who was utterly at home on snow.
    31 Jan 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Cross Country Skiing, Sweden, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Heartbreak turns to joy for 10,000m champion Seyffarth

    It is the nature of the Olympic Games that emotions can swing wildly. We often see one athlete elated at the end of a race, while another one looks despondent. But sometimes the sporting stars have to become accustomed to facing the extremes of both joy and disappointment within the space of just a few days.
    31 Jan 1948 | Olympic News, St. Moritz 1948, Speed Skating, Sweden, SEYFFARTH, Åke
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Beiser tops downhill silver with combined gold

    Austria’s women skiers enjoyed great success in St Moritz as they went on to win five medals in three women’s events. And leading the way was a skier who was emerging as one of the best in the world - Trude Beiser.
    30 Jan 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Alpine Skiing, Austria, Olympic News
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