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The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1932 in Lake Placid, New York. The Games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the 1st Winter Olympics held in the United States.



Voting results for the 1932 Winter Olympic Games
City Country Round 1
Lake Placid United States Unanimous
Bear Mountain United States
Denver United States
Duluth United States
Lake Tahoe United States
Minneapolis United States
Montreal Canada
Oslo Norway
Yosemite Valley United States


  • The Games were opened by New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States later the same year.
  • Irving Jaffee won the 5,000 m (3.1 mi.) and the 10,000 m (6.2 mi.) speed skating gold medals, beating previous champion and world record holder Ivar Ballangrud in the 10,000 m by 4.5 m (5 yards), mainly because the favorites were unaccustomed to the common start.
  • The USA won the medal tally with a total of 12 medals (6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze).
  • Seventeen countries participated.


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, "Olympic Bobsled Run Lake Placid, Up where winter calls to play, Operated by New York State Conservation Dept."

A WPA poster,
advertising the bobsled run

Medals were awarded in 14 events in 5 sports (7 disciplines).

These were the last Winter Olympics without Alpine skiing, which was added in 1936.


Main article: Venues of the 1932 Winter Olympics
  • Intervales Ski-Hill - Nordic combined (ski jumping), Ski jumping
  • Lake Placid - Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing)
  • Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bob-Run - Bobsleigh
  • Olympic Arena - Figure skating, Ice hockey
  • Olympic Stadium - Ice hockey, Speed skating

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 table

Rank Country Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png 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


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Preceded by
Amsterdam 1928
Succeeded by
Los Angeles 1932
Preceded by
St. Moritz 1928
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