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The 1928 Winter Olympics, officially known as the II Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated February 11–19, 1928 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The 1928 Games were the first true Winter Olympics held on its own as they were not in conjunction with a Summer Olympics. The preceding 1924 Games were retroactively renamed the inaugural Winter Olympics, though they had been in fact part of the 1924 Summer Olympics. All preceding Winter Events of the Olympic Games were the winter sports part of the schedule of the Summer Games, and not held as a separate Winter Games. These Games also replaced the now redundant Nordic Games, that were held quadrennially since early in the century.

Voting results for the 1928 Winter Olympic Games
City Country Round 1
St. Moritz Switzerland Internal selection
Davos Switzerland
Engelberg Switzerland

Fluctuating weather conditions made these Olympics memorable. The opening ceremony was held in a blizzard. In contrast, warm weather conditions plagued the Olympics for the remainder of the Games, requiring cancellations of one event with temperatures as high as 25 °C (77 °F). (See further description at the main article on the Winter Olympic Games.)


  • Sonja Henie wins her first gold medal in women's figure skating.
  • Ivar Ballangrud won the Olympic title in the 5,000m speed skating and Clas Thunberg won the 500m and the 1,500m.

Medal table[]

Rank Country Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Total
1 Norway 6 4 5 15
2 United States 2 2 2 6
3 Sweden 2 2 1 5
4 Finland 2 1 1 4
5 Canada 1 0 0 1
5 France 1 0 0 1
7 Austria 0 3 1 4
8 Belgium 0 0 1 1
8 Czechoslovakia 0 0 1 1
8 Germany 0 0 1 1
8 Great Britain 0 0 1 1
8 Switzerland 0 0 1 1


Preceded by
Paris 1924
Succeeded by
Amsterdam 1928
Preceded by
Chamonix 1924
Winter Olympics
Succeeded by
Lake Placid 1932
Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
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Winter Olympic Games
Chamonix 1924St. Moritz 1928Lake Placid 1932Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936St. Moritz 1948Oslo 1952Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956Squaw Valley 1960Innsbruck 1964Grenoble 1968Sapporo 1972Innsbruck 1976Lake Placid 1980Sarajevo 1984Calgary 1988Albertville 1992Lillehammer 1994Nagano 1998Salt Lake City 2002Torino 2006Vancouver 2010Sochi 2014Pyeongchang 2018Beijing 2022Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026