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Cross Country Skiing at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Date Started: February 14, 1928
Date Finished: February 14, 1928
Events: 2

Participants: 74 (74 men and 0 women) from 15 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Matthäus Demetz (18 years, 313 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Anders Haugen (39 years, 115 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 6 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): SWE Sweden and NOR Norway (3 medals)

Overview

As in 1924 there were only two events on the schedule, the men’s 18 km and 50 km races. Both were held in the hills around St. Moritz. The weather affected the 50 km significantly because of the föhn, an Alpine wind that forms on the leeward downslope of mountain ranges, and can significantly raise temperatures. During the 50 km the temperature rose from 0° C. (32° F.) to about 25° C. (77° F.), causing major problems with snow conditions and waxing for the skiers.

Medalists