Host City: Chamonix, France
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Chamonix
Date Started: January 29, 1924
Date Finished: January 30, 1924
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.
The defending champion from 1920, 30-year-old Swede [Gillis Grafström], was the only competitor from Antwerp also competing in Chamonix. The elegant Swede, famous for his smooth and orthodox routines, had won the World Championships in 1922. The European Championships of 1924 were organized in Davos, nine days before the Olympics, with Grafström absent. The champion from Davos, Austrian Fritz Kachler, was not entered for Chamonix. Of the nine skaters competing in Davos, only the Englishman [Jack Page], fifth in Davos, and the Suiss [Georges Gautschi], seventh, took the trip to Chamonix.
Grafström’s toughest opponent among a total of 11 participants at the Olympics was another Austrian, [Willi Böckl], an engineer from Klagenfurt born in 1893 like Grafström. Böckl represented another style than the Swede, skating more powerful and aggressively. He was the first figure skater to land a double Rittberger.
Grafström was in the lead after the compulsory figures, but in the free skating Böckl had the better ordinals, but not enough to catch Grafström. Gautschi was a surprise, winning the bronze medal. The judging could certainly be described as chauvinistic. Grafström was first of four out of seven judges, none of them Swedish. The two Austrian judges had Böckl first both in the figures and free skating, and the seventh judge, a Czech, had his countryman [Josef Slíva], ending fourth, as the winner.
|5||Jack Page||Great Britain||GBR||5×5+||36.0||2,067.00||295.29|
|6||Nathaniel Niles||37||United States||USA||4×6+||46.0||1,921.25||274.46|
|10||Herbert Clarke||44||Great Britain||GBR||7×10+||70.0||1,538.25||219.75|