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  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Heaton slides into Olympic history

    Hailing from a well-to-do family in Connecticut, Jennison Heaton and his brothers Jack and Trowbridge spent their childhood years in Europe and frequently holidayed in the Alps. They discovered the joys of winter sports on the legendary Cresta Run in St Moritz, the track on which British tourists invented the sport of bobsleigh in the 1870s.
    18 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, United States of America, Skeleton
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Fiske finds hero status on the Olympic stage

    A double Olympic champion who helped found Aspen ski resort in Colorado and was killed in action during the Battle of Britain in August 1940, Billy Fiske was a real-life hero.
    18 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Bobsleigh, United States of America
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Ballangrud hits the medal trail

    Ivar Ballangrud was only 19 when he first got himself noticed on the international speed skating scene, though he made his arrival a little too late to earn a place at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924. One month later, however, the young Norwegian outskated newly crowned Olympic 10,000m champion Julius Skutnabb of Finland over the same distance at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Helsinki. Two years later Ballangrud won the first of his four titles and 11 medals in all at the world championships held on home ice in Trondheim.
    14 Feb 1928 | Speed Skating, St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Norway
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Evensen flies the flag for Norway

    Norwegian speed skater Bernt Evensen had a record to set straight when he lined up in the 500m at St Moritz 1928. Four years earlier in Chamonix, Norway’s finest had to content themselves with the minor medals after seeing the USA’s Charles Jewtraw win gold in 500m, Finland’s Clas Thunberg do likewise in the 1,500m, 5,000m and all-round events and fellow Finn Julius Skutnabb take the 10,000m title.
    14 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Speed Skating, Norway
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Hedlund defies the elements

    A lumberjack by trade, Sweden’s Per-Erik Hedlund lined up in the 50km and 18km cross-country races at Chamonix 1924, retiring from the first of those events and finishing sixth in the second.
    14 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Cross Country Skiing, Sweden
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Defying the elements

    The Games were held in weather conditions that were unpredictable to say the least. The Opening Ceremony, held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 11 February 1928, took place in a blizzard. As the snow fell, 1,200 officials and participants paraded before the members of the IOC and the COS, with the assembled dignitaries including the President of the Swiss Confederation Edmund Schulthess and Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the prince consort of the Netherlands, who was representing Amsterdam, the host city of the Summer Games later that year.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Opening Ceremony
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    The first true Olympic Winter Games

    “Winter sports were included on the Olympic Charter in 1894 along with other sports, and I have worked tirelessly ever since to introduce them on the programme, albeit mindful of the material difficulties that need to be overcome in order to achieve that,” wrote Pierre de Coubertin, whose hard work finally came to fruition in the 1920s.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928
  • News | Paris 1924

    Stenroos marks marathon comeback in style

    Few events conjured as much excitement during the formative years of the modern Olympic Games as the marathon.
    14 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, Finland
  • News | Paris 1924

    Multitalented Osborn wins unique double gold

    The 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris are probably best remembered for two things; the exploits of the athletes marked in the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, and the breathtaking achievements of Finnish running machine Paavo Nurmi. Yet one all-round American athlete could have rightly left the Games thinking he had made the most indelible mark on events in the Olympic Stadium.
    12 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Paris 1924

    Morgan Taylor surges to 400m hurdle glory

    Given American dominance in the 400m hurdles over the years, it’s hard to believe the event was run so rarely in the 1920s. The ultimate test of sprinting endurance and perfectly timed stride patterns was only held at national collegiate level in the US during Olympic years.
    09 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
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