United States at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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United States at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United States
IOC code  USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
At the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz
Competitors 69 (59 men, 10 women) in 9 sports
Flag bearer John Heaton (skeleton)
Medals
Rank: 4
Gold
3
Silver
4
Bronze
2
Total
9
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

The United States competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Fraser, GretchenGretchen Fraser Alpine skiing Women's slalom
 Gold D'Amico, WilliamWilliam D'Amico
Patrick Martin
Edward Rimkus
Francis Tyler
Bobsleigh Four-man
 Gold Button, DickDick Button Figure skating Men's singles
 Silver Fraser, GretchenGretchen Fraser Alpine skiing Women's combined
 Silver Heaton, JohnJohn Heaton Skeleton Men's competition
 Silver Bartholomew, KenKen Bartholomew Speed skating Men's 500 metres
 Silver Fitzgerald, RobertRobert Fitzgerald Speed skating Men's 500 metres
 Bronze Carron, SchuylerSchuyler Carron
Frederick Fortune
Bobsleigh Two-man
 Bronze Bickford, JamesJames Bickford
Donald Dupree
William Dupree
Thomas Hicks
Bobsleigh Four-man

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Barney McLean Downhill 3:30.1 47
Dev Jennings 3:28.2 45
Bob Blatt 3:27.4 44
Steve Knowlton 3:26.2 43
Dick Movitz 3:25.2 42
Jack Reddish 3:12.3 26
Barney McLean Slalom 1:20.5 30 1:07.6 17 2:28.1 24
Colin Stewart 1:15.3 23 1:08.8 21 2:24.1 20
Steve Knowlton 1:12.9 16 1:07.6 17 2:20.5 16
Jack Reddish 1:11.0 10 1:04.5 5 2:15.5 7

Men's combined

The downhill part of this event was held along with the main medal event of downhill skiing. For athletes competing in both events, the same time was used (see table above for the results). The slalom part of the event was held separate from the main medal event of slalom skiing (included in table below).

Athlete Slalom Total (downhill + slalom)
Time 1 Time 2 Rank Points Rank
Barney McLean 1:16.4 1:11.5 15 25.15 26
Bob Blatt 1:15.6 1:21.4 23 27.83 29
Steve Knowlton 1:15.5 1:14.0 17 23.75 25
Jack Reddish 1:14.1 1:08.8 8 13.24 12
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Andrea Mead-Lawrence Downhill 3:03.1 35
Paula Kann 2:49.0 28
Becky Cremer 2:44.2 22
Ruth-Marie Stewart 2:42.0 20
Gretchen Fraser 2:37.1 13
Brynhild Grasmoen 2:36.0 12
Paula Kann Slalom 1:07.8 16 1:02.0 9 2:09.8 11
Brynhild Grasmoen 1:05.6 12 1:04.0 12 2:09.6 9
Andrea Mead-Lawrence 1:05.1 11 1:03.7 11 2:08.8 8
Gretchen Fraser 59.7 1 57.5 2 1:57.2 1st

Women's combined

The downhill part of this event was held along with the main medal event of downhill skiing. For athletes competing in both events, the same time was used (see table above for the results). The slalom part of the event was held separate from the main medal event of slalom skiing (included in table below).

Athlete Slalom Total (downhill + slalom)
Time 1 Time 2 Rank Points Rank
Ruth-Marie Stewart 1:09.8 1:06.6 12 17.73 16
Becky Cremer 1:09.4 1:12.5 20 22.01 17
Andrea Mead-Lawrence 1:03.8 1:11.7 11 30.84 21
Gretchen Fraser 1:01.8 59.2 2 6.95 2nd

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
USA-1 Tuffield A. Latour
Leo J. Martin
Two-man 1:24.9 4 1:24.8 6 1:24.1 8 1:25.4 12 5:39.2 9
USA-2 Frederick Fortune
Schuyler Carron
Two-man 1:25.5 8 1:24.1 3 1:22.5 3 1:23.2 3 5:35.3 3rd
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
USA-1 James Bickford
Thomas Hicks
Donald Dupree
William Dupree
Four-man 1:17.4 5 1:20.7 2 1:21.8 4 1:21.6 2 5:21.5 3rd
USA-2 Francis Tyler
Patrick Martin
Edward Rimkus
William D'Amico
Four-man 1:17.1 2 1:19.6 1 1:21.4 1 1:22.0 5 5:20.1 1st

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
18 km Gordy Wren 1'40:12 77
Corey Engen 1'37:24 75
Ralph Townsend 1'37:12 74
Don Johnson 1'32:03 66
Wendell Broomhall 1'31:40 65

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Final rank
James Grogan 9 6 168.711 62 6
John Lettengarver 4 2 176.400 36 4
Dick Button 1 1 191.177 10 1st
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Final rank
Eileen Seigh 10 10 144.111 110 11
Gretchen Merrill 6 11 148.466 73 8
Yvonne Sherman 8 5 149.833 62 6
Pairs
Athletes Points Score Final rank
Karol Kennedy
Peter Kennedy
10.536 59.5 6
Yvonne Sherman
Robert Swenning
10.581 53 4

Ice hockey[edit]

The tournament was run in a round-robin format with nine teams participating.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 8 7 0 1 69 5 15
 Czechoslovakia 8 7 0 1 80 18 15
  Switzerland 8 6 2 0 67 21 12
 Sweden 8 4 4 0 55 28 8
 Great Britain 8 3 5 0 39 47 6
 Poland 8 2 6 0 29 97 4
 Austria 8 1 7 0 33 77 2
 Italy 8 0 8 0 24 156 0
 United States DSQ 8 5 3 0 86 33 (10)
  • Switzerland 5-4 USA
  • USA 23-4 Poland
  • USA 31-1 Italy
  • USA 5-2 Sweden
  • Canada 12-3 USA
  • USA 13-2 Austria
  • USA 4-3 United Kingdom
  • Czechoslovakia 4-3 USA
Contestants
Al Opsahl
Bruce Mather
Bruce Cunliffe
Donald Geary
Fred Pearson
Goodwin Harding
Herb Vaningen
Jack Kirrane
Jack Riley
Jack Garrity
Ralph Warburton
Robert Baker
Bob Boeser
Stan Priddy

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Events:

  • 18 km cross-country skiing
  • normal hill ski jumping

The cross-country skiing part of this event was combined with the main medal event, meaning that athletes competing here were skiing for two disciplines at the same time. Details can be found above in this article, in the cross-country skiing section.

The ski jumping (normal hill) event was held separate from the main medal event of ski jumping, results can be found in the table below. Athletes would perform three jumps, of which the two best jumps (distance and form) were counted.

Athlete Event Cross-country Ski Jumping Total
Points Rank Distance 1 Distance 2 Distance 3 Points Rank Points Rank
Gordy Wren Individual 120.00 36 66.5 (fall) 68.5 66.0 220.2 2 340.20 29
Corey Engen 132.00 34 65.5 59.0 64.0 214.8 3 346.80 26
Ralph Townsend 138.00 33 54.5 61.0 58.0 188.7 24 326.70 33
Don Johnson 157.50 28 57.0 56.5 59.0 187.6 27 345.10 27

Skeleton[edit]

Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Run 5 Run 6 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mac MacCarthy 48.8 8 48.3 4 49.4 12 1:03.6 9 1:02.7 9 1:02.7 8 5:35.5 8
Jack Heaton 48.1 5 47.4 1 47.7 2 1:00.0 2 1:00.2 1 1:01.2 5 5:24.6 2nd
William Martin 47.8 3 49.2 11 48.2 5 1:00.7 3 1:01.6 5 1:00.5 3 5:28.0 4
William Johnson 47.7 2 48.4 5 48.0 4 DNF DNF

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Distance 1 Distance 2 Total points Rank
Walter Bietila Normal hill 61.0 64.0 (fall) 142.9 42
Joe Perrault 61.0 67.0 207.0 15
Sverre Fredheim 66.0 65.0 210.1 12
Gordy Wren 68.0 68.5 222.8 5

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Del Lamb 43.6 6
Ken Henry 43.3 5
Bobby Fitzgerald 43.2 2nd
Ken Bartholomew 43.2 2nd
1500 m Bobby Fitzgerald 2:27.0 28
Ken Henry 2:24.6 22
Ray Blum 2:23.4 20
Johnny Werket 2:20.2 6
5000 m Buddy Solem 9:10.4 27
Sonny Rupprecht 8:58.4 21
Ken Henry 8:56.0 18
Ray Blum 8:54.4 17
10,000 m Buddy Solem 26:22.4 19
Art Seaman 21:34.8 18
Sonny Rupprecht 21:20.3 17
Johnny Werket 19:44.0 11

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