Figure skating at the 1928 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the II Winter Olympics
Type:Olympic Games
Champions
Men's singles:
Sweden Gillis Grafström
Ladies' singles:
Norway Sonja Henie
Pair skating:
France Andrée Joly / Pierre Brunet
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Figure skating at the 1928 Winter Olympics took place at the Olympic Ice Rink in St. Moritz, Switzerland, between February 14 and February 19, 1928. Three figure skating events were contested: men's singles, ladies' singles, and pair skating.

Unseasonably warm weather in St. Moritz during the Games caused difficulty for the figure skating events, as the ice surface was outdoors. There was a proposal to move the competition to an indoor rink in Berlin or London, but colder weather returned before a decision could be made. However, the ice surface remained in poor condition for the duration of the Games. During the ladies' free skating, red flags were placed on the ice to mark the especially bad areas, which became more numerous as the competition progressed.[1]

Gillis Grafström during the compulsory figures at the 1928 Olympics.

Medal summary[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Sonja Henie's gold medal from the 1928 Winter Olympics.
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
details
 Gillis Grafström (SWE)  Willy Böckl (AUT)  Robert Van Zeebroeck (BEL)
Ladies' singles
details
 Sonja Henie (NOR)  Fritzi Burger (AUT)  Beatrix Loughran (USA)
Pairs skating
details
 Andrée Joly
and Pierre Brunet (FRA)
 Lilly Scholz
and Otto Kaiser (AUT)
 Melitta Brunner
and Ludwig Wrede (AUT)

Medal table[edit]

Again only Austria was able to win more than one medal but this time without winning a gold medal.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 France1001
 Norway1001
 Sweden1001
4 Austria0314
5 Belgium0011
 United States0011
Totals (6 nations)3339


Participating nations[edit]

Twelve figure skater (seven men and five ladies) competed in both the singles and the pairs event.

A total of 51 figure skaters (23 men and 28 ladies) from eleven nations (men from eleven nations and ladies from eleven nations) competed at the St. Moritz Games:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Olympics: 1920, 1924, and 1928", Skating magazine, December 1959

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