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Figure Skating at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Stadium Badrutts Park, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 14, 1928
Date Finished: February 15, 1928
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.

Gold: SWE Gillis Grafström
Silver: AUT Willy Böckl
Bronze: BEL Robert Van Zeebroeck

Summary

The men’s singles in 1928 was a repetition of the Grafström-Böckl duel from Chamonix. Willy Böckl had been the dominant skater in international Championships since 1924. He was crowned as both World and European Champion in 1925, 1926 and 1927, and three weeks before the Olympics, he won the European Championship in Opava, Czechoslovakia. However, Gillis Grafström attended none of those Championships, as his work as an architect in Berlin prevented him from taking part.

In spite of a troublesome knee injury, Grafström was in the lead after the compulsory program, and three days later he was also judged as the best free skater. He took his third Olympic figure skating gold, a feat which only Sonia Henie has been able to repeat. Beaten by a scant margin, Böckl withdrew from skating after winning the World Championship later in the season, finishing his skating career with a total of 10 gold medals from World or European Championships, but he had to be content with two Olympic silver medals. The bronze medallist, Belgian Robert Van Zeebroeck, was an unmerited skater on the international scene – as a 16-year-old youngster he was 7th in both the European and World Championships 1926. He impressed the St. Moritz audience with excellent leaps and spins, and two days later he competed in pair skating with Josy Van Leberghe, placing 6th in the event. This would be his last championship appearance.

Placed fourth was another 18-year old youngster, Austrian Karl Schäfer, who had finished in second place at the Europeans in Opava. The versatile young Viennese competed in swimming at the Summer Games in Amsterdam later in the same year, until now the only Olympian combining those quite different sports. He was at the beginning of an extraordinary figure skating career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TO TP
1 Gillis Grafström 34 Sweden SWE Gold 4×1+ 12.0 2,698.25
2 Willy Böckl 35 Austria AUT Silver 6×2+ 13.0 2,682.50
3 Robert Van Zeebroeck 18 Belgium BEL Bronze 5×4+ 27.0 2,578.75
4 Karl Schäfer 18 Austria AUT 4×4+ 35.0 2,471.75
5 Josef Slíva 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 4×5+ 36.0 2,442.00
6 Marcus Nikkanen 24 Finland FIN 4×6+ 46.0 2,379.50
7 Pierre Brunet 25 France FRA 4×7+ 50.0 2,392.75
8 Ludwig Wrede 33 Austria AUT 6×8+ 53.0 2,341.75
9 Jack Page Great Britain GBR 5×10+ 62.0 2,288.50
10 Roger Turner 26 United States USA 5×9+ 67.0 2,245.50
11 Sherwin Badger 26 United States USA 4×11+ 73.0 2,209.50
12 Paul Franke Germany GER 4×11+ 76.0 2,215.00
13 Bud Wilson 18 Canada CAN 4×13+ 92.0 2,066.50
14 Ian Bowhill 24 Great Britain GBR 4×14+ 101.0 1,909.25
15 Nathaniel Niles 41 United States USA 4×15+ 103.0 1,910.25
16 Jack Eastwood 19 Canada CAN 5×15+ 106.0 1,853.75
AC Werner Rittberger 36 Germany GER DNF