1932 Winter Olympics
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|Host city||Lake Placid, New York, United States|
(231 men, 21 women)
|Events||14 in 4 sports (7 disciplines)|
|Opening ceremony||February 4|
|Closing ceremony||February 15|
|Officially opened by||Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Athlete's Oath||Jack Shea|
|Stadium||Lake Placid Speedskating Oval|
The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event in the United States, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980.
The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California also had a bid for the 1932 Winter Games. William May Garland, president of the California X Olympiad Association, wanted the games to take place in Wrightwood and Big Pines, California. The world's largest ski jump at the time was constructed in Big Pines for the event, but the games were ultimately awarded to Lake Placid.
- The Games were opened by Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Governor of New York. He was elected President of the United States nine months later.
- Sonja Henie won the second of three consecutive Olympic gold medals in figure skating. She also won gold in 1928 and 1936.
- Irving Jaffee won the 5,000 m (3.1 mi) and the 10,000 m (6.2 mi) speedskating gold medals, beating previous champion and world record holder Ivar Ballangrud in the 10,000 m by 4.5 m (15 ft), mainly because the favourites were unaccustomed to the common start.
- Eddie Eagan became the only Olympian to win gold medals at both the summer and winter games in different sports. He won gold in boxing in the 1920 Antwerp summer games and gold in bobsleigh at Lake Placid. The bobsleigh race was held two days after the games' closing ceremonies due to unseasonably warm weather in the region the week prior.
- The USA won the medal tally with a total of 12 medals (6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze).
- Seventeen countries participated.
Medals were awarded in 14 events contested in 4 sports (7 disciplines).
- Bobsleigh (2) ( )
- Ice hockey (1) ( )
- Nordic skiing ( )
The Games also included events in three demonstration sports.
|Intervales Ski-Hill||Nordic combined (ski jumping), Ski jumping||9,200|||
|Lake Placid||Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing)||Not listed.|||
|Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bob-Run||Bobsleigh||12,500|||
|Olympic Arena||Figure skating, Ice hockey (final)||3,360|||
|Olympic Stadium||Ice hockey, Speed skating||7,475|||
Athletes from 17 nations competed in these Games, down from 25 nations at the previous Games in 1928. Argentina, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Yugoslavia did not send athletes to Lake Placid.
Number of athletes by National Olympic Committees
- 1932 Summer Olympics
- Olympic Games celebrated in the United States
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- The program of the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics
III Olympic Winter Games (1932)