Figure skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the V Winter Olympics
Type: Olympic Games
Champions
Men's singles:
United States Dick Button
Ladies' singles:
Canada Barbara Ann Scott
Pair skating:
Belgium Micheline Lannoy / Pierre Baugniet
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At the 1948 Winter Olympics, three figure skating events were contested: men's singles, ladies' singles, and pair skating.

Event summary[edit]

Barbara Ann Scott became the first Canadian to win the figure skating gold medal while Dick Button became the first American to win a figure skating title for the United States. Button also became the first figure skater to perform a double axel in competition.

The competition began with the men's compulsory figures on February 2. However, the next day, competition was postponed in the midst of the ladies' figures event due to a thaw that left puddles of water on the outdoor ice surface. On February 5 competition had to be resumed, regardless of poor ice conditions, in order to allow the Games to finish on schedule. The pairs event on February 7 was skated in a heavy snowstorm, with the ice having to be scraped after each program.[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles  Dick Button (USA)  Hans Gerschwiler (SUI)  Edi Rada (AUT)
Ladies' singles  Barbara Ann Scott (CAN)  Eva Pawlik (AUT)  Jeannette Altwegg (GBR)
Pair skating  Micheline Lannoy
/ Pierre Baugniet (BEL)
 Andrea Kékesy
/ Ede Király (HUN)
 Suzanne Morrow
/ Wallace Diestelmeyer (CAN)

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada 1 0 1 2
2  Belgium 1 0 0 1
 United States 1 0 0 1
4  Austria 0 1 1 2
5  Hungary 0 1 0 1
 Switzerland 0 1 0 1
7  Great Britain 0 0 1 1
Total 3 3 3 9

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name Nation CF FS Total points Places
1 Dick Button  United States 1 994.7 1 191.177 10
2 Hans Gerschwiler  Switzerland 2 965.1 3 181.122 23
3 Edi Rada  Austria 3 941.0 4 178.133 33
4 John Lettengarver  United States 4 916.3 2 176.400 36
5 Ede Király  Hungary 5 922.1 5 174.400 42
6 James Grogan  United States 9 867.4 6 168.711 62
7 Henry Graham Sharp  Great Britain 6 909.8 8 167.044 67
8 Hellmut May  Austria 7 893.2 7 165.666 68
9 Helmut Seibt  Austria 8 882.9 12 162.655 79
10 Ladislav Čáp  Czechoslovakia 10 859.0 11 160.233 96
11 Fernand Leemans  Belgium 11 838.0 14 157.822 104
12 Wallace Diestelmeyer  Canada 13 809.1 9 156.322 110
13 Zdeněk Fikar  Czechoslovakia 12 819.0 13 154.155 114
14 Karl Enderlin  Switzerland 14 796.7 10 154.244 110
15 Carlo Fassi  Italy 16 764.9 15 145.966 135
16 Per Cock-Clausen  Denmark 15 785.5 16 145.533 135

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Ladies[edit]

Rank Name Nation CF FS Total points Places
1 Barbara Ann Scott  Canada 1 858.1 1 163.077 11
2 Eva Pawlik  Austria 3 832.1 2 157.588 24
3 Jeannette Altwegg  Great Britain 2 842.1 6 156.166 28
4 Jirína Nekolová  Czechoslovakia 4 807.2 4 154.088 34
5 Alena Vrzáňová  Czechoslovakia 7 797.2 3 153.044 44
6 Yvonne Sherman  United States 8 783.9 5 149.833 62
7 Bridget Shirly Adams  Great Britain 5 806.8 16 148.644 69
8 Gretchen Merrill  United States 6 798.0 11 148.466 73
9 Martha Musilek Bachem  Austria 14 744.5 7 144.456 103
10 Marion Tiefy Davies  Great Britain 11 763.5 12 144.766 104
11 Eileen Seigh  United States 10 755.8 10 144.111 110
12 Marilyn Ruth Take  Canada 12 754.1 13 143.722 110.5
13 Dagmar Lerchová  Czechoslovakia 15 745.5 8 144.433 112
14 Suzanne Morrow  Canada 9 761.9 15 143.655 117
15 Maja Hug  Switzerland 13 755.9 19 141.522 137
16 Jacqueline du Bief  France 16 746.0 21 139.022 147.5
17 Marika Saáry  Hungary 17 739.3 14 140.944 142
18 Hildegard Appeltauer  Austria 18 743.7 20 139.300 155
19 Maidie Jill Linzee  Great Britain 19 742.8 18 140.200 145
20 Ingeborg Solar  Austria 23 677.8 9 135.444 186
21 Éva Lindner  Hungary 22 679.7 17 134.188 192
22 Marit Henie  Norway 21 699.4 23 133.111 194
23 Lotti Höner  Switzerland 20 699.1 22 134.211 186
24 Grazia Barcellona  Italy 25 607.9 24 122.211 218
25 Doris Blanc  Switzerland 24 635.6 25 122.622 221

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Pairs[edit]

Rank Name Nation Points Places
1 Micheline Lannoy / Pierre Baugniet  Belgium 11.227 17.5
2 Andrea Kékesy / Ede Király  Hungary 11.109 26
3 Suzanne Morrow / Wallace Diestelmeyer  Canada 11.000 31
4 Yvonne Sherman / Robert Swenning  United States 10.581 53
5 Winifred Silverthorne / Dennis Silverthorne  Great Britain 10.572 53
6 Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy  United States 10.536 59.5
7 Marianna Nagy / László Nagy  Hungary 9.909 89
8 Jennifer Nicks / John Nicks  Great Britain 9.700 98
9 Herta Ratzenhofer / Emil Ratzenhofer  Austria 9.436 111.5
10 Margot Walle / Allan Fjeldheim  Norway 9.281 118.5
11 Susanne Giebisch / Helmut Seibt  Austria 9.290 117.5
12 Luny Unold / Hans Kuster  Switzerland 9.281 120
13 Grazia Barcellona / Carlo Fassi  Italy 9.263 121.5
14 Denise Favart / Jacques Favart  France 8.700 139
WD Blažena Knittlová / Karel Vosátka  Czechoslovakia

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Olympics: 1948 and 1952", Skating magazine, February 1960

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