After two scheduled Winter Olympic Games were cancelled due to WWII, the Winter Olympics were revived in 1948 at St. Moritz, which had previously hosted the 1928 Games.
669 (592 men, 77 women) competitors from 28 nations participated in 4 sports and 22 events over a fortnight. The Olympics drew 500,000 spectators. Norway topped the gold medal tally with 4, Sweden 2nd with 4 also, Switzerland 3rd with 3, USA 4th with 3 and France 5th with 2 gold.
Alpine skiing events, such as the downhill and slalom, were included for the first time.
New nations competing were Denmark, Chile, Iceland, Lebanon and Korea. Australia, having made its Winter Olympic debut in 1936, did not send a team to St. Moritz.
North Americans won gold medals in figure skating for the 1st time: Canada’s Barbara Ann Scott took the women’s title and the men’s title was won by USA’s Dick Button.
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