Winter Olympics III
The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event in the United States, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980.
- The Games were opened by Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Governor of New York. He was elected President of the United States nine months later.
- Sonja Henie won the second of three consecutive Olympic gold medals in figure skating. She also won gold in 1928 and 1936.
- Irving Jaffee won the 5,000 m and the 10,000 m speedskating gold medals, beating previous champion and world record holder Ivar Ballangrud in the 10,000 m by 4.5 m, mainly because the favourites were unaccustomed to the common start.
- Eddie Eagan became the only Olympian to win gold medals at both the summer and winter games in different sports. He won gold in boxing in the 1920 Antwerp summer games and gold in bobsleigh at Lake Placid. The bobsleigh race was held two days after the games’ closing ceremonies due to unseasonably warm weather in the region the week prior.
- The USA won the medal tally with a total of 12 medals (6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze).
- Seventeen countries participated.