1928 Winter Olympics

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II Olympic Winter Games
1928 Winter Olympics poster.jpg
Hugo Laubi's poster for the 1928 Winter Olympics
Host city St. Moritz, Switzerland
Athletes464 (438 men, 26 women)
Events14 in 4 sports (8 disciplines)
Opening11 February
Closing19 February
Opened by
Stadium St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink

The 1928 Winter Olympics, officially known as the II Olympic Winter Games (French : Les IIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver; German : Olympische Winterspiele 1928; Italian : II Giochi olimpici invernali; Romansh : Gieus olimpics d'enviern 1928), was an international winter multi-sport event that was celebrated from 11 to 19 February 1928 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.


The 1928 Games were the first true Winter Olympics to be held as a stand-alone event, not in conjunction with a Summer Olympics . The preceding 1924 Winter Games were retroactively renamed the inaugural Winter Olympics, although they had in fact been organised alongside the 1924 Summer Olympics in France. Before 1924, the winter events were included in the schedule of the Summer Games and there were no separate Winter Games. The 1928 Winter Games also replaced the now redundant Nordic Games, which had been held at varying intervals since early in the 20th century.

The hosts were challenged by fluctuating weather conditions; the opening ceremony was held in a blizzard, while warm weather conditions plagued sporting events throughout the rest of the Games. [1] The 10,000 metre speed-skating event was controversially abandoned and officially cancelled. [2]



Medals were awarded in 14 events contested in 4 sports (8 disciplines).

Demonstration sports


Participating nations

Athletes from 25 nations competed at these Games, up from 16 in 1924. Nations making their first appearance at the Winter Olympic Games were Argentina (first participation of a delegation coming from a country belonging to the Southern Hemisphere), Estonia, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Romania.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Number of athletes by National Olympic Committees

Medal count

  *   Host nation (Switzerland)

1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 64515
2US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 2226
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2215
4Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 2114
5Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 1001
Flag of France.svg  France 1001
7Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0314
8Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 0011
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 0011
Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg  Germany 0011
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 0011
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland*0011
Totals (12 nations)14121541

Podium sweeps

14 February Cross-country skiing Men's 50 kilometre Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Per-Erik Hedlund Gustaf Jonsson Volger Andersson
17 February Cross-country skiing Men's 18 kilometre Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Johan Grøttumsbråten Ole Hegge Reidar Ødegaard
18 February Nordic combined Individual Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Johan Grøttumsbråten Hans Vinjarengen Jon Snersrud

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II Olympic Winter Games (1928)
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Lake Placid