Skeleton at the 1928 Winter Olympics

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at the II Olympic Winter Games
Skeleton pictogram.svg
Venue Cresta Run
Competitors 10 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Jennison Heaton  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) John Heaton  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) David Carnegie  Great Britain
1948 →

These are the results of the men's skeleton competition at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. At that time the sport was called cresta, and St. Moritz had the most famous Cresta Run, dating to 1884. In many locations the sport was referred to as tobogganing during these and the 1948 Games. The competition took place on the Cresta Run and medals were awarded after a total of three runs down the course.


Gold Jennison Heaton
 United States
Silver John Heaton
 United States
Bronze David Carnegie
 Great Britain

Jennison and John Heaton were brothers. The skeleton sled on which Jennison Heaton won the gold medal is currently on display in the Hotel Soldanella in St. Moritz. This skeleton was owned by and used by USAF Maj. Gen. Lawrence C. Ames from 1948 until 1977. His last ride was on his eightieth birthday. At that time he was the oldest man ever to have run the Cresta Run. Jack Heaton would also win the silver medal in 1948.

The bronze medalist, David Carnegie, was also Earl of Northesk.


Rank Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Total Diff.
1  Jennison Heaton (USA) 1:00.2 1:00.2 1:01.4 3:01.8
2  John Heaton (USA) 1:01.4 1:00.4 1:01.0 3:02.8 +1.0
3  David Carnegie (GBR) 1:02.7 1:01.0 1:01.4 3:05.1 +3.3
4  Agostino Lanfranchi (ITA) 1:02.1 1:02.4 1:04.2 3:08.7 +6.9
5  Alexander Berner (SUI) 1:03.4 1:03.4 1:02.0 3:08.8 +7.0
6  Franz Unterlechner (AUT) 1:05.9 1:03.4 1:04.2 3:13.5 +11.7
7  Alessandro del Torso (ITA) 1:05.6 1:04.7 1:04.6 3:14.9 +13.1
8  Louis Hasenknopf (AUT) 1:15.4 1:10.9 1:10.4 3:36.7 +34.9
9  W. Noneschen (SUI) 1:04.8 DNF
10  P. Dorneuil (FRA) DNF

Medal table[edit]

1 United States (USA)1102
2 Great Britain (GBR)0011
Totals (2 nations)1113


  • Résultats des Concours des IImes Jeux Olympiques d'hiver (PDF) (PDF) (in French). Lausanne: Comité Olympique Suisse. 1928. p. 14.