About the Games
A total of 464 athletes from 25 countries participated in St. Moritz 1928 Winter Olympics. They competed in 14 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 12 teams) by: 1. Norway – 15 (6, 4, 5), 2. USA – 6 (2, 2, 2), 3. Sweden – 5 (2, 2, 1).
Lithuania in the Games
In St. Moritz 1928 Winter Olympics Lithuania was represented for the first time ever by a multi-sport athlete and Lithuania’s sporting pioneer Kęstutis Bulota who participated in four speed skating events. He finished 28th in the 500 m event, 25th in the 1500 and 5000 m events. The 10,000 m event was canceled because of thawing ice.
The Olympics were memorable not only for athletic results, but also for fluctuating weather conditions. The opening ceremony was held in a blizzard. 50km cross country race began at 0 °C and by its end the temperature reached as high as 25 °C. Swede Per Erik Hedlund was the only one to conquer the conditions, winning in a time more than 13 minutes faster than any of his competitors. The 10,000 was canceled because of thawing ice.
Japanese athletes became the first Asian participants in the Winter Games.
St. Moritz 1928 Winter Olympics website:
Commemorative film about the first Lithuanian winter sports Olympian Kęstutis Bulota: