Switzerland at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Switzerland at the Olympic Games

Flag of Switzerland
IOC code  SUI
NOC Swiss Olympic Association
Website www.swissolympic.ch (German) (French)
At the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz
Competitors 70 (59 men, 11 women) in 9 sports
Medals
Rank: 3
Gold
3
Silver
4
Bronze
3
Total
10
Olympic history (summary)
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Intercalated Games
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Switzerland was the host nation for the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. It was the second time that Switzerland had hosted the Winter Games, after the 1928 Winter Olympics, also in St. Moritz.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Reinalter, EdyEdy Reinalter Alpine skiing Men's slalom
 Gold Schlunegger, HedyHedy Schlunegger Alpine skiing Women's downhill
 Gold Endrich, FelixFelix Endrich
Waller, FriedrichFriedrich Waller
Bobsleigh Two-man
 Silver Molitor, KarlKarl Molitor Alpine skiing Men's combined
 Silver Meyer, AntoinetteAntoinette Meyer Alpine skiing Women's slalom
 Silver Feierabend, FritzFritz Feierabend
Eberhard, PaulPaul Eberhard
Bobsleigh Two-man
 Silver Gerschwiler, HansHans Gerschwiler Figure skating Men's singles
 Bronze Molitor, KarlKarl Molitor Alpine skiing Men's downhill tie
 Bronze Olinger, RolfRolf Olinger Alpine skiing Men's downhill tie
 Bronze Switzerland men's national ice hockey team
Hans Bänninger   Hans Dürst   Beat Rüedi
Reto Perl   Walter Paul Dürst   Fredy Bieler
Emil Handschin   Bibi Torriani   Heini Lohrer
Ferdinand Cattini   Gebhard Poltera   Werner Lohrer
Hans Cattini   Ulrich Poltera   Otto Schubiger
Hanggi Boller   Hans-Martin Trepp
Ice hockey Men's competition

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alfred Stäger Downhill DNF
Edy Reinalter 3:11.0 22
Romedi Spada 3:09.2 18
Adolf Odermatt 3:06.4 11
Fernand Grosjean 3:03.1 8
Ralph Olinger 3:00.3 3rd
Karl Molitor 3:00.3 3rd
Karl Gamma Slalom DNF DNF
Georges Schneider 1:11.9 14 1:06.5 13 2:18.4 13
Karl Molitor 1:10.2 6 1:06.0 11 2:16.2 8
Edy Reinalter 1:07.7 3 1:02.6 1 2:10.3 1st

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
Adolf Odermatt 1:19.8 1:15.8 19 15.64 15
Fernand Grosjean 1:19.6 1:22.7 (+0:05) 30 16.61 16
Edy Reinalter 1:16.3 1:05.8 4 12.01 10
Karl Molitor 1:14.0 1:08.5 6 6.44 2nd
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Olivia Ausoni Downhill 2:45.1 24
Irène Molitor 2:37.2 14
Antoinette Meyer 2:35.4 11
Rosemarie Bleuer 2:33.3 9
Lina Mittner 2:31.2 5
Hedy Schlunegger 2:28.3 1st
Olivia Ausoni Slalom 1:18.7 22 59.9 8 2:18.6 17
Rosemarie Bleuer 1:06.2 13 1:04.4 14 2:10.6 13
Renée Clerc 1:03.8 8 1:02.0 9 2:05.8 5
Antoinette Meyer 1:00.7 4 57.0 1 1:57.7 2nd

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
Olivia Ausoni 1:44.4 1:08.5 27 38.02 26
Hedy Schlunegger 1:11.4 1:07.1 15 10.20 8
Rosemarie Bleuer 1:05.5 1:03.8 6 8.80 6
Lina Mittner 1:03.3 1:16.3 17 12.54 14

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
SUI-1 Fritz Feierabend
Paul Eberhard
Two-man 1:23.7 2 1:24.0 2 1:21.4 1 1:21.3 1 5:30.4 2nd
SUI-2 Felix Endrich
Friedrich Waller
Two-man 1:22.4 1 1:22.7 1 1:21.7 2 1:22.4 2 5:29.2 1st
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
SUI-1 Fritz Feierabend
Friedrich Waller
Felix Endrich
Heinrich Angst
Four-man 1:16.9 1 1:21.2 8 1:22.3 7 1:21.7 3 5:22.1 4
SUI-2 Franz Kapus
Werner Spring
Bernhard Schilter
Paul Eberhard
Four-man 1:17.6 6 1:20.8 3 1:22.3 7 1:24.7 12 5:25.4 8

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
18 km Gottlieb Perren 1'26:27 43
Karl Bricker 1'25:47 41
Alfons Supersaxo 1'24:29 34
Theo Allenbach 1'23:54 30
Robert Zurbriggen 1'22:51 26
Max Müller 1'22:40 25
Niklaus Stump 1'22:15 20
Edy Schild 1'22:15 20
50 km Louis Bourban 4'33:50 19
Max Müller 4'30:51 17
Edy Schild 4'05:37 6
Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Niklaus Stump
Robert Zurbriggen
Max Müller
Edi Schild
2'48:07 5

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Final rank
Karl Enderlin 14 10 154.244 110 14
Hans Gerschwiler 2 3 181.122 23 2nd
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Final rank
Doris Blanc 24 25 122.622 221 25
Lotti Höner 20 22 134.211 186 23
Maja Hug 13 19 141.522 137 15
Pairs
Athletes Points Places Final rank
Luny Unold
Hans Kuster
9.281 120 12

Ice hockey[edit]

The tournament was run in a round-robin format with nine teams participating.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 8 7 0 1 69 5 15
 Czechoslovakia 8 7 0 1 80 18 15
  Switzerland 3rd 8 6 2 0 67 21 12
 Sweden 8 4 4 0 55 28 8
 Great Britain 8 3 5 0 39 47 6
 Poland 8 2 6 0 29 97 4
 Austria 8 1 7 0 33 77 2
 Italy 8 0 8 0 24 156 0
 United States * 8 5 3 0 86 33 10

* United States team was disqualified. Only eight teams are officially ranked.

  • Switzerland 5-4 USA
  • Switzerland 16-0 Italy
  • Switzerland 11-2 Austria
  • Switzerland 12-3 United Kingdom
  • Switzerland 8-2 Sweden
  • Switzerland 14-0 Poland
  • Czechoslovakia 7-1 Switzerland
  • Canada 3-0 Switzerland
Bronze:
Hans Bänninger
Reto Perl
Emil Handschin
Ferdinand Cattini
Hans Cattini
Hanggi Boller
Hans Dürst
Walter Paul Dürst
Bibi Torriani
Gebhard Poltera
Ulrich Poltera
Hans-Martin Trepp
Beat Rüedi
Fredy Bieler
Heini Lohrer
Werner Lohrer
Otto Schubiger

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
Gottlieb Perren Individual 186.00 20 56.0 57.5 56.5 187.8 26 373.80 18
Alfons Supersaxo 196.50 16 63.0 57.0 61.5 203.9 13 400.40 13
Theo Allenbach 199.50 12 52.5 52.0 50.0 176.6 32 376.10 17
Niklaus Stump 208.50 7 65.5 63.5 (fall) 60.0 213.0 5 421.50 4

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
Christian Fischbacher DNF DNF
Dialma Baseglia 49.2 11 49.0 10 48.6 6 DNF DNF
Gottfried Kägi 48.9 10 48.8 8 48.7 7 1:00.8 4 1:01.6 5 1:01.1 4 5:29.9 5
Milo Bigler 48.4 7 48.4 5 48.7 7 2:00.2 10 1:02.1 8 DNF DNF

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Distance 1 Distance 2 Total points Rank
Willi Klopfenstein Normal hill 60.0 62.5 209.3 13
Andreas Däscher 61.0 61.0 203.8 17
Hans Zurbriggen 61.0 67.0 214.0 10
Fritz Tschannen 64.5 66.0 214.8 9

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Rudolf Kleiner 47.8 39
1500 m Sepp Rogger 2:34.7 43
Rudolf Kleiner 2:33.0 42
Hanspeter Vogt 2:30.5 34
5000 m Alfred Altenburger 9:40.6 39
Sepp Rogger 9:29.3 34

References[edit]