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|
|Men's singles: |
|Ladies' singles: |
Barbara Ann Scott
|Pair skating: |
Micheline Lannoy / Pierre Baugniet
1936 Winter Olympics
1952 Winter Olympics
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 2 February. 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 5 February competition had to be resumed, regardless of poor ice conditions, in order to allow the Games to finish on schedule. The pairs event on 7 February was skated in a heavy snowstorm, with the ice having to be scraped after each program.
||Dick Button (USA)||Hans Gerschwiler (SUI)||Edi Rada (AUT)|
||Barbara Ann Scott (CAN)||Eva Pawlik (AUT)||Jeannette Altwegg (GBR)|
|| Micheline Lannoy
and Pierre Baugniet (BEL)
| Andrea Kékesy
and Ede Király (HUN)
| Suzanne Morrow |
and Wallace Diestelmeyer (CAN)
|Totals (7 nations)||3||3||3||9|
- "Figure Skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
- "The Olympics: 1948 and 1952", Skating magazine, February 1960