Saturday, September 15, 2012

1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz


St. Moritz, Switzerland
1928
1928 St. Moritz Ice Stadium - location of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1928 Winter Olympics

Olympic Ceremony Records
italics indicate records at the time
  • First Games Officially Designated an Olympic Winter Games
  • First Opening Ceremony Held in a Blizzard
  • Smallest Crowd to Witness an Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (1,200)
  • Smallest Stadium to Host an Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (4,000)
  • Smallest Crowd to Witness an Opening Ceremony (1,200) (Previous St. Louis 1904 - 4,000)
  • Smallest Stadium to Host an Opening Ceremony (4,000) - tie St. Louis 1904
  • Most Nations Participating in a Winter Olympics - 25 (Previous Chamonix 16)
  • Most Athletes Participating in a Winter Olympics - 464 (Previous Chamonix 258)

Opening Ceremony
Stade Olympique (4,000)
February 11, 1928

Video

Opening Ceremony Highlights
The Opening Ceremony of the second Winter Olympics were simple but almost never occurred due to a large blizzard that hit the area the day before.  Flags and decorations were ripped from their masts and makeshift decor was added prior to the ceremony.  The ceremony took place on the ice hockey rink during the blizzard.  Most notably, this would be the smallest attended opening ceremony in history.
  • Parade of Nations
  • President of Switzerland declares the games open
  • Olympic Oath
Photos
Gold Medal from the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz

Official Poster of the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz
1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz - Parade of Nations

Demonstration Sport Skijoring at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz

Demonstration Sport Horse Racing (on ice lake) at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Mortiz

Parade of Nations at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz

Parade of Nations marching to the Opening Ceremony at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz

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