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Figure Skating at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Stadium Badrutts Park, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 3, 1948
Date Finished: February 6, 1948
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, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. 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: CAN Barbara Ann Scott
Silver: AUT Eva Pawlik
Bronze: GBR Jeannette Altwegg

Summary

19-year old Barbara Ann Scott from Ottawa was the heavy favorite for the Olympic Gold, having won all ISU Championships after World War II, the open European Championships 1947 and 1948 and the World Championships 1947. Scott, who started skating at the age of 4, became the first woman to land a double Lutz in competition at the age of 13. In the European Championship in Prague two weeks before the Olympics, she won by a comfortable margin ahead of the best European, Austrian Eva Pawlik.

In St. Moritz, Scott had a clear lead after the compulsory figures. A little surprising, Great Britain’s Jeanette Altwegg (only 5th in the European Championships) was in second position, closely followed by Eva Pawlik. Those 3 skaters were clearly ahead of the rest of the field. The free skating was performed on ice that had been badly scarred and rutted by two hockey games earlier in the day. Scott was again the best, securing the gold medal by a comfortable margin. Pawlik was second in the free skating and passed Altwegg in the struggle for silver.

At the World Championships in Davos one week later Scott was again the champion, and also this time Pawlik was second. Jiřína Nekolová of Czechoslovakia, 4th placed in the Olympics, got her revenge on Altwegg and won the bronze medal. After the 1948 season, Scott turned professional, skating with the Hollywood Ice Revue in Chicago.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TO TP RP
1 Barbara Ann Scott 19 Canada CAN Gold 7×1+ 11.0 1,467.7 163.077
2 Eva Pawlik 20 Austria AUT Silver 5×2+ 24.0 1,418.3 157.588
3 Jeannette Altwegg 17 Great Britain GBR Bronze 5×3+ 28.0 1,405.5 156.166
4 Jiřína Nekolová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 7×4+ 34.0 1,386.8 154.088
5 Ája Vrzáňová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 9×6+ 44.0 1,377.4 153.044
6 Yvonne Sherman 17 United States USA 7×7+ 62.0 1,348.5 149.833
7 Bridget Adams 19 Great Britain GBR 5×7+ 69.0 1,337.8 148.644
8 Gretchen Merrill 22 United States USA 6×8+ 73.0 1,336.2 148.466
9 Martha Bachem 23 Austria AUT 5×11+ 103.0 1,300.1 144.456
10 Marion Davies 19 Great Britain GBR 6×12+ 104.0 1,302.9 144.766
11 Eileen Seigh 19 United States USA 6×13+ 110.0 1,297.0 144.111
12 Marilyn Take 19 Canada CAN 6×12+ 110.5 1,293.5 143.722
13 Dagmar Lerchová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH 5×12+ 112.0 1,299.9 144.433
14 Suzi Morrow 17 Canada CAN 8×14+ 117.0 1,292.9 143.655
15 Maya Hug 19 Switzerland SUI 5×15+ 137.0 1,273.7 141.522
16 Jacqueline du Bief 17 France FRA 5×16+ 147.5 1,251.2 139.022
17 Mária Saáry 19 Hungary HUN 6×17+ 142.0 1,268.5 140.944
18 Hildegard Appeltauer 20 Austria AUT 7×18+ 155.0 1,253.7 139.300
19 Jill Hood-Linzee 19 Great Britain GBR 6×18+ 145.0 1,261.8 140.200
20 Inge Solar 21 Austria AUT 6×21+ 186.0 1,219.0 135.444
21 Éva Lindner 21 Hungary HUN 5×21+ 192.0 1,207.7 134.188
22 Marit Henie 22 Norway NOR 6×22+ 194.0 1,198.0 133.111
23 Lotti Höner 19 Switzerland SUI 5×22+ 186.0 1,207.9 134.211
24 Grazia Barcellona 19 Italy ITA 5×24+ 218.0 1,099.9 122.211
25 Doris Blanc 21 Switzerland SUI 9×25+ 221.0 1,103.6 122.622