These Winter Games were the first to be held in a different nation from the Summer Games of the same year. They also marked the participation of Japanese athletes for the first time. A new event was contested: the skeleton.
Memorable skating champions
Aged just 15, Sonja Henie of Norway caused a sensation by winning women’s figure skating. Her record as the youngest winner of an individual event stood for 74 years. In the men’s event, Sweden’s Gillis Grafström won his third consecutive gold medal, despite suffering from a badly swollen knee.
Considered the world's first sliding sport, the skeleton event made its debut. It was staged on the Cresta Run, the famous track made of natural ice which has been reconstructed every winter since the 1870s. It is considered the birthplace of skeleton.
The 50km cross country race took place in freakish weather conditions. At the beginning, the temperature was 0°C; by the end it had risen to 25°C. Sweden’s Per Erik Hedlund was the only competitor to conquer the conditions, winning in a time more than 13 minutes faster than any of the other skiers.
Athletes 464 (26 women, 438 men)