Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Arena, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 12, 1932
Date Finished: February 12, 1932
Format: Each judge ranked each pair 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 pairs, with the tiebreaker being Sporting Merit (2nd mark). Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a pair were ranked first by a majority of the judges, that pair 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.
Defending champions Andrée Joly/Pierre Brunet married in 1929, and were the dominant figure skating pair in the years before the Lake Placid Games, winning two World Championship titles (1928 and 1930), and showed good form by winning the European Championships three weeks before the 1932 Olympics. Hungary had two excellent pairs in Emilia Rotter/László Szollás and Olga Orgonista/Sándor Szalay, finishing first and second in the 1931 World Championships, and they were supposed to be the strongest opponents to the Brunet couple.
It developed into a close contest, and the judges had divided opinions. The US pair Beatrix Loughran/Sherwin Badger had improved after their 4th place in 1928, and two of the judges (one of them being the old champion Walter Jacobsson) had them in first place. A third judge had Rotter/Szollás as champions, but the Brunets got three of the judges votes in first place. The seventh judge had a tie between Jolys and Orgonista/Szalay. It ended with another gold medal for the defending Olympic Champions, Loughran/Badger coming second and Rotter/Szollás ending in third place, winning the first ever Winter Olympic medal for Hungary.
In the World Championships in Montreal a week later, the Brunet pair won with a clear margin. Loughren/Badger were not able to copy their Olympic performance and ended with a bronze medal, beaten also by Rotter/Szollás. This was to be the last international championship appearance for the French couple. They won the French Championships in all years between 1924 and 1935, but declined to defend their Olympic gold medals in 1936 in protest of Nazi Germany. Later they emigrated to the United States and became famous coaches, training future Olympic Champions like Carol Heiss and Scott Hamilton.