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  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Skijoring’s solitary Olympic appearance

    Pierre de Coubertin was an interested spectator at the skijoring competitions organised as part of the Nordic Games he attended in the early years of the 20th century. Suitably impressed by what he saw, in 1901 he wrote an article for the Revue Olympique in which he advocated the inclusion of several winter sports on the Games programme and expressed a particular interest in skijoring, which eventually made its Olympic debut at St Moritz 1928, albeit as a demonstration sport.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Norway’s Henie reigns supreme on the ice

    Norway’s Sonja Henie was without doubt figure skating’s first major international star, having caused a sensation at Chamonix in 1924 by taking part in the women’s competition at the age of only 11, finishing eighth and last behind Austria’s Herma Szabo.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Figure Skating, Norway, HENIE, Sonja
  • 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

    St Moritz Games prove a resounding success

    The first St Moritz Games proved to be a huge success and, given the problems caused by the fluctuating weather, were remarkably well organised.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Closing Ceremony
  • 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
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