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1932 Winter Olympics

III Olympic Winter Games
Host city Lake Placid, New York, United States
Nations participating 17
Athletes participating 252
(231 men, 21 women)
Events 14 in 4 sports (7 disciplines)
Opening ceremony February 4
Closing ceremony February 15
Officially opened by Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Athlete's Oath Jack Shea
Stadium Lake Placid Speedskating Oval
Lake Placid is located in United States
Lake Placid
Location of Lake Placid in the United States

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.


  • Highlights 1
  • Events 2
    • Demonstration sports 2.1
  • Venues 3
  • Participating nations 4
  • Medal count 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



A stylized image shows a four-man bobled running the bobsled track, with an observation tower and spectator viewing area on either side. At the top of the image are the flags of the United States, the Olympic movement, and France, and the bottom of the poster reads,
A WPA poster,
advertising the bobsled run

Medals were awarded in 14 events contested in 4 sports (7 disciplines).

Demonstration sports

The Games also included events in three demonstration sports.

These were the last Winter Olympics without alpine skiing, which was added in 1936. Alpine skiing held its 1932 World Championships during the Olympics, February 4–6 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.


Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Intervales Ski-Hill Nordic combined (ski jumping), Ski jumping 9,200 [1]
Lake Placid Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing) Not listed. [2]
Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bob-Run Bobsleigh 12,500 [3]
Olympic Arena Figure skating, Ice hockey (final) 3,360 [4]
Olympic Stadium Ice hockey, Speed skating 7,475 [5]

Participating nations

The Olympic Bobsled run from the air

Athletes from 17 nations competed in these Games, down from 25 nations at the previous Games in 1928. Argentina, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Yugoslavia did not send athletes to Lake Placid.

Medal count

  Host country
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 6 4 2 12
2 Norway 3 4 3 10
3 Sweden 1 2 0 3
4 Canada 1 1 5 7
5 Finland 1 1 1 3
6 Austria 1 1 0 2
7 France 1 0 0 1
8 Switzerland 0 1 0 1
9 Germany 0 0 2 2
10 Hungary 0 0 1 1
Total 14 14 14 42

See also


  1. ^ 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 141-4. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  2. ^ 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 145-6, 199. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  3. ^ 1932 Winter Olympic Games official report. pp. 30, 39-41, 50-1, 141, 157-66. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  4. ^ 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 141, 150-57. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  5. ^ 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 141, 147-50. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  • 1932 Winter Olympics
  • 1932 Winter Olympics Medals
  • , 1932III Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1932 The official report.

External links

  • 1932 Winter Olympics
  • Lake Placid Olympic Authority
  • The program of the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics

Preceded by
St. Moritz
Winter Olympics
Lake Placid

III Olympic Winter Games (1932)
Succeeded by
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