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1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

Posted on the 15 September 2012 by Pinkall @pinkall

www.olympicceremony.org
1924 Chamonix                                                                                        Lake Placid 1932
II Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz, Switzerland
1928

1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

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

Official Report
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

1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

Gold Medal from the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz


1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

Official Poster of the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz

1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz - Parade of Nations


1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

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


1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

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


1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

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


1928 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - St. Moritz

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

OLYMPIC CEREMONY DATABASE
SUMMER 1896 - 1900 - 1904 - 1906 Intercalated - 1908 - 1912 - 1916 - 1920 - 1924 - 1928 - 1932 - 1936 - 1940 - 1944 - 1948 - 1952 - 1956 Equestrian - 1956 - 1960 - 1964 - 1968 - 1972 - 1976 - 1980 - 1984 - 1988 - 1992 - 1996 - 2000 - 2004 - 2008 - 2012
WINTER
1924 1928

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