Figure skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics

Figure skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics took place at the Olympic Ice Rink in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Three figure skating events were contested: men's singles, ladies' singles, and pair skating.

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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Event summaryEdit

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 summaryEdit

MedalistsEdit

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

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Canada1012
2  Belgium1001
  United States1001
4  Austria0112
5  Hungary0101
  Switzerland0101
7  Great Britain0011
Totals (7 nations)3339


ResultsEdit

MenEdit

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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LadiesEdit

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 Shirley 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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PairsEdit

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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ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit

  • "Official Olympic report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-10. (3.70 MB)
  • Winter Olympic Memories: Men
  • Winter Olympic Memories: Ladies
  • Winter Olympic Memories: Pairs
  • Skatabase: Men
  • Skatabase: Ladies
  • Skatabase: Pairs