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 Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt
Athlete's Oath Jack Shea
Stadium Lake Placid Speedskating Oval
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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.

The games were originally to take place in Wrightwood and Big Pines, California. The largest ski jump in the world was constructed in Big Pines for the event. But poor snow conditions caused Olympic officials to move the event to Lake Placid.[1]



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 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 [2]
Lake Placid Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing) Not listed. [3]
Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bob-Run Bobsleigh 12,500 [4]
Olympic Arena Figure skating, Ice hockey (final) 3,360 [5]
Olympic Stadium Ice hockey, Speed skating 7,475 [6]

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

III Olympic Winter Games U.S. commemorative stamp (1932)
  Host country
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States64212
2 Norway34310
3 Sweden1203
4 Canada1157
5 Finland1113
6 Austria1102
7 France1001
8 Switzerland0101
9 Germany0022
10 Hungary0011

See also


  1. Strege, Dave (August 21, 2013). "Mountain High makeover". Orange County Register. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  2. 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 141-4. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  3. 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 145-6, 199. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  4. 1932 Winter Olympic Games official report. pp. 30, 39-41, 50-1, 141, 157-66. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  5. 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 141, 150-57. Accessed 12 October 2010.
  6. 1932 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 141, 147-50. Accessed 12 October 2010.

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Coordinates: 44°17′06″N 73°59′06″W / 44.285°N 73.985°W / 44.285; -73.985

Preceded by
St. Moritz
Winter Olympics
Lake Placid

III Olympic Winter Games (1932)
Succeeded by
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