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.
A strong field of 20 skaters from 8 nations was entered for the 1928 Games, in contrast to four from three countries at the World Championships 1927, when Sonja Henie won her first World title. Sonja was not really a heavy favorite, as she was supposed to meet strong opposition from the American and Canadian skaters, and the Austrians, who had produced another extremely talented figure skater, 17-year-old Fritzi Burger, who was to make her first international championships appearance.
But Sonja Henie was definitely the star of the show. She took a commanding lead after the compulsory figures (only the American judge placed her second behind Loughran), and all seven judges agreed that she was the best in the free skating. At only 15 years and 315 days, she became the youngest Olympic figure skating champion until 1998 in Nagano, when Tara Lipinski won at an age of 15 years and 225 days. In a very close fight for the silver medal between the four North-Americans and Burger, the latter won the silver with just ahead of Beatrix Loughran, who this time had to be content with the bronze medal. In Lake Placid four years later, Loughran took her third Olympic medal, coming second in pairs together with her partner Sherwin Badger.
|3||Beatrix Loughran||27||United States||USA||Bronze||4×4+||28.0||2,254.50|
|4||Maribel Vinson||16||United States||USA||4×4+||32.0||2,224.50|
|10||Theresa Weld-Blanchard||34||United States||USA||5×11+||77.0||1,970.25|
|14||Kathleen Shaw||25||Great Britain||GBR||5×15+||95.0||1,900.00|
|20||Anita de St. Quentin||26||France||FRA||7×20+||140.0||1,114.25|