US OLYMPIC CITIES

Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympic Games

Photo courtesy International Olympic Committee.

The Winter Olympic Games came to the United States for the first time. Lake Placid native Jack Shea won two gold medals in speed skating, the first athlete to win multiple gold medals in a single Winter Olympic Games.

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  • For the first and only time in Olympic history, the speed skating competition used mass starts with skaters racing each other. Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie won the second of her three consecutive gold medals, while Lake Placid native Jack Shea won two gold medals in speed skating, the first athlete to win multiple gold medals at the same Winter Olympic Games.

Olympic Highlights

  • Nations: 17
  • Athletes: 252 (231 men, 21 women)
  • Disciplines: 7
  • Medal Count: United States 12 (6 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze); Norway 10 (3 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze); Canada 7 (1 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze)
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