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  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Canada in a league of their own

    The USA’s inability to raise a men’s ice hockey team for St Moritz 1928 meant they missed the competition for the first and only time in their history. Meanwhile, northern neighbours Canada were represented by graduates from the University of Toronto, who earned their ticket to the Games by winning the Allan Cup, the Canadian amateur championship.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Ice Hockey, Canada
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Grafström strikes triple figure skating gold

    The 34-year-old Swedish figure skater Gillis Grafström arrived in St Moritz as the two-time defending Olympic champion, having won gold in the event at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp and again at the first Winter Games in Chamonix four years later.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Sweden, Figure Skating
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    A legendary double for Grøttumsbråten

    A cross-country and Nordic combined specialist, Norway’s Johan Grøttumsbråten won three medals at Chamonix 1924: silver in the 18km and bronzes in the 50km and Nordic combined, an event in which he also won gold at the 1926 world championships in Lahti (FIN).
    18 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Norway
  • 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

    Andersen reaches for the sky

    Staged on the resort’s K90 Olympiaschanze hill (the biggest in the world at the time) and watched by a crowd of more than 8,000 enthusiastic spectators, the ski jumping competition at St Moritz 1928 was made notable by the fact that the 38-strong field featured a Japanese jumper by the name of Motohiko Ban, the first athlete from his country and from Asia to compete in the Olympic Winter Games.
    18 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Norway, Ski Jumping
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Thunberg speeds into Olympic history

    Clas Thunberg finished on every speed skating podium at Chamonix 1924. With three golds, a silver and a bronze, he collected more medals than any other athlete at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games, and followed up that feat by winning the world allround titles in Oslo in 1925 and in Davos in 1928.
    14 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Finland, Speed Skating
  • 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
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