II Olympic Winter Games
In 1928, St. Moritz, Switzerland was the second to host the Olympic Winter Games. The popularity of the winter sport celebration was no longer in question as nearly 500 athletes from 25 countries participated.
At the outdoor hockey rink, Canada was represented by the 1926 University of Toronto team. The team had stayed together and renamed itself the Toronto Graduates. After seeing them practice, organizers revised the tournament. Canada was advanced directly to the final round to await the outcome of the preliminary tournament. In the final round, the Grads beat Sweden, Great Britain and Switzerland. In winning the gold medal, Canada scored 38 goals and allowed none.
Weather was again a factor, but this time it was too warm. The 10,000 m speed skating event was cancelled. St. Moritz’s competitions revealed the Norwegian prodigy Sonja Henie. She was not even 16 when she won the first of her three consecutive Olympic gold medals in figure skating.
Olympic Oath (athletes)
Hans Eidenbenz (Nordic combined)
Olympic Oath (officials)
Lighting Olympic Cauldron
President Edmund Shulthess