1948 Winter Olympics

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The 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games (Les Ves Jeux olympiques d'hiver; Olympische Winterspiele 1948; V Giochi olimpici invernali; Gieus olimpics d'enviern 1948), was a winter multi-sport event celebrated in 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.wikipedia
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St. Moritz

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The 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games (Les Ves Jeux olympiques d'hiver; Olympische Winterspiele 1948; V Giochi olimpici invernali; Gieus olimpics d'enviern 1948), was a winter multi-sport event celebrated in 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
It hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948.

Military patrol at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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The Games also featured two demonstration sports: military patrol, which later became the biathlon, and winter pentathlon, which was discontinued after these Games.
At the 1948 Winter Olympics, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1948, the last military patrol competition was held as a demonstration sport.

Bibi Torriani

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Bibi Torriani played for the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team, and became the first ice hockey player to recite the Olympic Oath on behalf of all athletes.
He was chosen as the flag bearer for Switzerland at the 1948 Winter Olympics, and recited the Olympic Oath at the same games hosted in St. Moritz.

Winter pentathlon at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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The Games also featured two demonstration sports: military patrol, which later became the biathlon, and winter pentathlon, which was discontinued after these Games.
At the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, a winter pentathlon competition was held.

1952 Winter Olympics

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Their absence was short-lived though, as they returned to Olympic competition in 1952.
Discussions about Oslo hosting the Winter Olympic Games began as early as 1935; the city wanted to host the 1948 Games, but World War II made that impossible.

United States at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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In one notable case, Norwegian skiers had to borrow skis from the American team in order to compete.
The United States competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Norway at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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In one notable case, Norwegian skiers had to borrow skis from the American team in order to compete.
Norway competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Olympic Oath

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Bibi Torriani played for the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team, and became the first ice hockey player to recite the Olympic Oath on behalf of all athletes.

Barbara Ann Scott

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Notable performances were turned in by figure skaters Dick Button and Barbara Ann Scott and skier Henri Oreiller. Barbara Ann Scott became the first and only Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, when she won the competition at St. Moritz.
On her return to Ottawa during a parade she was given a yellow Buick convertible (license plate: 47-U-1); however it had to be returned for her to retain amateur status, to be eligible for the 1948 Winter Olympics.

Switzerland at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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The Swiss two-man teams placed first and second, which is the best possible results for the event since only two teams were allowed to enter. The ice hockey tournament was won by Canada, with Czechoslovakia second and Switzerland third.
Switzerland was the host nation for the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz.

Czechoslovakia at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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The ice hockey tournament was won by Canada, with Czechoslovakia second and Switzerland third.
Czechoslovakia competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

List of IOC meetings

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The IOC selected St. Moritz to host the 1948 Games at the 39th general session in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September 1946.

Canada at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Barbara Ann Scott became the first and only Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, when she won the competition at St. Moritz.
Canada competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Sweden at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Swede Åke Seyffarth won a gold medal in the 10,000 meter race and a silver medal in the 1,500 meter race.
Sweden competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Fritz Feierabend

The driver of the first place team, Felix Endrich, beat his coach, the driver of the second place team, Fritz Feierabend.
Fritz Feierabend (29 June 1908 – 25 November 1978) was a Swiss bobsledder who competed at 1936, 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics.

Austria at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Austria dominated the women's alpine events, winning five out of a possible nine medals.
Austria competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

France at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Frenchman Henri Oreiller won a medal in all three Alpine events; gold in the downhill and combined, and bronze in the slalom.
France competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Felix Endrich

The driver of the first place team, Felix Endrich, beat his coach, the driver of the second place team, Fritz Feierabend.
Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal along with brakeman Fritz Waller in the two-man event at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz.

Italy at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Italian slider Nino Bibbia won the gold medal.
Italy competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Finland at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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All fifteen medals were won by either Sweden, Norway, or Finland.
Finland competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Åke Seyffarth

Swede Åke Seyffarth won a gold medal in the 10,000 meter race and a silver medal in the 1,500 meter race.
Seyffarth participated in the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, the first Winter Olympic Games to be held in twelve years.

1944 Winter Olympics

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The 1944 Winter Olympics had been awarded to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy in 1939.
The V Olympic Winter Games eventually took place in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1948; Cortina d'Ampezzo eventually hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics and will co-host the 2026 Winter Olympics with Milan.

Reidar Liaklev

Finally long-distance specialist Reidar Liaklev from Norway prevailed.
Reidar Kristofer Liaklev (15 July 1917 – 1 March 2006) was a speed skater from Norway who won the gold medal in the 5000 m event at the 1948 Winter Olympics.

Ken Bartholomew

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There was a three-way tie for second place between Norwegian Thomas Byberg and Americans Robert Fitzgerald and Kenneth Bartholomew.
In 1948, Bartholomew competed in the 500 m at the Winter Olympics of St. Moritz and finished second behind Finn Helgesen.

1940 Winter Olympics

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Sapporo, Japan had been the choice for the 1940 Winter Games.
St Moritz held the first post-war games in 1948, while Cortina d'Ampezzo hosted in 1956.