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  • 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
  • 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
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