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Skeleton at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's Skeleton

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Cresta Run, St. Moritz / Celerina
Date Started: February 3, 1948
Date Finished: February 4, 1948
Format: Six runs, total time determined placement. First three runs contested on a shorter course.

Gold: ITA Nino Bibbia
Silver: USA Jack Heaton
Bronze: GBR John Crammond

Summary

Twenty years after the first Olympic skeleton competition, one of the competitors of 1928 was again competing. Former silver medallist Jack Heaton, 39, was not only an entrant in the field, but also considered one of the favourites, along with Christian Fischbacher of Switzerland, and John Crammond of Britain. Crammond and Heaton lived up to the expectations on the first day, Crammond winning the first run, and Heaton the second. The third was won by a relative newcomer on the Cresta Run, Italian Nino Bibbia. After one day of racing, Crammond led by only two tenths of a second over Heaton and Bibbia, who were tied for second. The home favourite, Fischbacher, had crashed out at the infamous Shuttlecock curve in the first run. On day two, Bibbia moved into the lead with a consistent performance, winning all three runs (tying with Heaton in the 5th and Crammond in the 6th) to become Italy’s first Winter Olympic Champion. Heaton won a second silver medal two decades after his first, while Crammond took the bronze.

Bibbia, who lived in St. Moritz and had seen the 1928 Winter Olympics there as a young boy, was originally only selected for the Italian bobsleigh teams, and was entered in the skeleton only shortly before the Games. His Olympic victory was his first win on the Cresta Run, but 230 more would follow, including 8 Grand Nationals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Nino Bibbia 25 Italy ITA Gold 5:23.2
2 Jack Heaton 39 United States USA Silver 5:24.6
3 John Crammond 41 Great Britain GBR Bronze 5:25.1
4 William Martin 19 United States USA 5:28.0
5 Gottfried Kägi 36 Switzerland SUI 5:29.9
6 Richard Bott 47 Great Britain GBR 5:30.7
7 James Coates 53 Great Britain GBR 5:31.9
8 Mac MacCarthy 51 United States USA 5:35.5
9 Thomas Clarke 36 Great Britain GBR 5:39.0
AC Milo Bigler 33 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Dialma Baselgia 47 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC William Gayraud-Hirigoyen 49 France FRA DNF
AC William Johnson 30 United States USA DNF
AC Christian Fischbacher 34 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Hugo Kuranda 37 Austria AUT DNF