France at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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France at the Olympic Games

Flag of France
IOC code  FRA
NOC French National Olympic and Sport Committee
Website www.franceolympique.com (French)
At the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz
Competitors 36 (28 men, 8 women) in 7 sports
Flag bearer James Couttet (alpine skiing, ski jumping)
Medals
Rank: 5
Gold
2
Silver
1
Bronze
2
Total
5
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
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Intercalated Games
1906

France competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Oreiller, HenriHenri Oreiller Alpine skiing Men's downhill
 Gold Oreiller, HenriHenri Oreiller Alpine skiing Men's combined
 Silver Couttet, JamesJames Couttet Alpine skiing Men's slalom
 Bronze Oreiller, HenriHenri Oreiller Alpine skiing Men's slalom
 Bronze Couttet, JamesJames Couttet Alpine skiing Men's combined

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Claude Penz Downhill 3:19.2 34
Jean Pazzi 3:16.1 33
Georges Panisset 3:12.0 23
Guy de Huertas 3:12.0 23
James Couttet 3:07.3 13
Henri Oreiller 2:55.0 1st
Claude Penz Slalom 1:29.2 (+0:05) 38 1:10.9 25 2:40.1 38
Désiré Lacroix 1:09.9 5 1:10.0 23 2:19.9 15
Henri Oreiller 1:08.0 4 1:04.8 6 2:12.8 3rd
James Couttet 1:07.5 2 1:03.3 4 2:10.8 2nd

Men's combined

The downhill part of this event was held along with the main medal event of downhill skiing. For athletes competing in both events, the same time was used (see table above for the results). The slalom part of the event was held separate from the main medal event of slalom skiing (included in table below).

Athlete Slalom Total (downhill + slalom)
Time 1 Time 2 Rank Points Rank
Georges Panisset 1:19.8 1:15.5 18 18.38 18
Claude Penz 1:14.7 1:21.8 22 22.98 24
Henri Oreiller 1:12.3 1:10.0 5 3.27 1st
James Couttet 1:08.7 1:06.2 1 6.95 3rd
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Georgette Miller-Thiollière Downhill 2:52.4 31
Micheline Desmazières 2:50.2 29
Fernande Bayetto 2:43.1 21
Lucienne Schmidt-Couttet 2:35.2 10
Françoise Gignoux 2:32.4 7
Suzanne Thiollière 2:31.4 6
Françoise Gignoux Slalom 1:05.0 10 1:05.3 16 2:10.3 12
Suzanne Thiollière 1:01.1 6 DNF DNF
Georgette Miller-Thiollière 1:00.8 5 58.0 4 1:58.8 4
Lucienne Schmidt-Couttet 1:00.1 3 1:20.5 23 2:20.6 20

Women's combined

The downhill part of this event was held along with the main medal event of downhill skiing. For athletes competing in both events, the same time was used (see table above for the results). The slalom part of the event was held separate from the main medal event of slalom skiing (included in table below).

Athlete Slalom Total (downhill + slalom)
Time 1 Time 2 Rank Points Rank
Suzanne Thiollière 1:15.0 (+0:05) 1:02.0 13 10.50 11
Lucienne Schmidt-Couttet 1:04.0 1:08.4 10 10.50 11
Georgette Miller-Thiollière 1:03.9 1:14.8 (+0:05) 16 25.79 20
Françoise Gignoux 1:03.8 1:05.2 5 8.14 5

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
FRA-1 Achille Fould
Henri Evrot
Two-man 1:25.8 10 1:25.3 12 1:24.7 11 1:24.6 10 5:40.4 11
FRA-2 William Hirigoyen
Louis Saint-Calbre
Two-man 1:25.8 10 1:25.0 8 1:24.9 12 1:24.8 11 5:40.5 12
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
FRA-1 René Charlet
Jean Morin
Jacques Descatoire
Amédée Ronzel
Four-man 1:18.9 9 1:22.2 9 1:23.8 11 1:24.5 10 5:29.4 9
FRA-2 Gilbert Achart-Picart
Félix Bonnat
Louis Saint-Calbre
Henri Evrot
Four-man 1:20.7 14 1:24.7 15 1:24.7 13 1:25.3 13 5:35.4 13

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
18 km Walter Jeandel 1'34:19 71
Paul Bouveret 1'28:07 48
André Buffard 1'27:18 44
René Jeandel 1'25:57 42
Marius Mora 1'25:06 37
Benoît Carrara 1'20:03 11
Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
René Jeandel
Gérard Perrier
Marius Mora
Benoît Carrara
2'51:53 7

Figure skating[edit]

Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Final rank
Jacqueline du Bief 16 21 139.022 147.5 16
Pairs
Athletes Points Places Final rank
Denise Favart
Jacques Favart
8.700 139 14

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Events:

  • 18 km cross-country skiing
  • normal hill ski jumping

The cross-country skiing part of this event was combined with the main medal event, meaning that athletes competing here were skiing for two disciplines at the same time. Details can be found above in this article, in the cross-country skiing section.

The ski jumping (normal hill) event was held separate from the main medal event of ski jumping, results can be found in the table below. Athletes would perform three jumps, of which the two best jumps (distance and form) were counted.

Athlete Event Cross-country Ski Jumping Total
Points Rank Distance 1 Distance 2 Distance 3 Points Rank Points Rank
Walter Jeandel Individual 147.00 31 60.5 59.0 59.5 192.6 21 339.60 30
René Jeandel 189.00 19 52.0 54.0 56.5 182.1 28 371.10 19

Skeleton[edit]

Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Run 5 Run 6 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
William Gayraud-Hirigoyen 52.7 13 49.9 12 51.0 13 DNF DNF

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Distance 1 Distance 2 Total points Rank
James Couttet Normal hill 54.5 58.0 194.3 25
Jean Monnier 56.0 60.0 188.5 31
Régis Charlet 58.0 59.5 193.7 26
Arsène Lucchini 62.5 65.5 198.0 22

References[edit]