Figure skating at the 1928 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the II Winter Olympics
Type: Olympic Games
Men's singles:
Sweden Gillis Grafström
Ladies' singles:
Norway Sonja Henie
Pair skating:
France Andrée Joly / Pierre Brunet
1924 Winter Olympics
1932 Winter Olympics

At the 1928 Winter Olympics, three figure skating events were contested. The competitions were held from Tuesday, February 14 to Sunday, February 19, 1928.

Unseasonably warm weather in St. Moritz during the Games caused difficulty for the figure skating events, as the ice surface was outdoors. It was even proposed 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 during the Games. During the ladies' free skating, red flags were placed to mark the especially bad places, which became more numerous as the day wore on.[1]

Gillis Grafström during the compulsory figures at the 1928 Olympics.

Medal summary[edit]


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

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Sweden 1 0 0 1
 Norway 1 0 0 1
 France 1 0 0 1
4  Austria 0 3 1 4
5  Belgium 0 0 1 1
 United States 0 0 1 1
Total 3 3 3 9

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:


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

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