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Gymnastics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Floor Exercise

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 8, 1932
Date Finished: August 8, 1932
Format: Separate competition unrelated to all-around, open to team competitors only. Score based on compulsory and optional exercises on apparatus.

Gold: HUN István Pelle
Silver: SUI Georges Miez
Bronze: ITA Mario Lertora


This event was called free-handed exercises in both the 1932 Official Report and Program of Events. The floor exercises were carried out as a separate competition and were not part of the individual all-around, but were oddly conducted as a section of the team all-around, being noted as a Preliminary to the Team Competition in the Program of Events. Only participants competing in the team all-around could start in this event (with an exception noted below), although the score strangely did not count for the team all-around, either. Only one individual routine was performed.

The Swiss did not have a team, but [Georges Miez] received special permission to start and won the silver medal, beaten only by the Hungarian [István Pelle], the silver medalist in the individual all-around. Bronze went to the Italian [Mario Lertora].

Miez was the only Swiss participant in Los Angeles and in his four Olympic appearances from 1924-36 won four golds, three silvers and one bronze medal. In Los Angeles he considered his floor exercise scores very devalued, and resigned in anger from the competitions, after loudly confronting the judges with no success. He then embarked on a trip throughout the US, where he also worked and held speeches at universities. Nonetheless, with other Swiss gymnasts, Miez pointed the way ahead for the development of floor gymnastics, because the Swiss team introduced a flowing style of movement.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 István Pelle 25 Hungary HUN Gold 28.8
2 Georges Miez 27 Switzerland SUI Silver 28.3
3 Mario Lertora 34 Italy ITA Bronze 27.7
4T Frank Haubold 26 United States USA 27.0
4T Romeo Neri 29 Italy ITA 27.0
6 Heikki Savolainen 24 Finland FIN 26.9
7T Martti Uosikkinen 22 Finland FIN 26.4
7T Al Jochim 30 United States USA 26.4
9 Einari Teräsvirta 17 Finland FIN 26.1
10 Miklós Péter 26 Hungary HUN 25.7
11 Franco Tognini 24 Italy ITA 25.5
12T Fred Meyer 21 United States USA 25.3
12T Oreste Capuzzo 23 Italy ITA 25.3
14 Frank Cumiskey 19 United States USA 24.8
15 Toshihiko Sasano 20 Japan JPN 24.7
16 Michael Schuler 30 United States USA 24.3
17 Mauri Nyberg-Noroma 24 Finland FIN 24.1
18 József Hegedűs 22 Hungary HUN 23.5
19 Péter Boros 24 Hungary HUN 23.0
20 Ilmari Pakarinen 21 Finland FIN 22.6
21 Takashi Kondo 20 Japan JPN 22.2
22 Savino Guglielmetti 20 Italy ITA 21.6
23 Fujio Kakuta 21 Japan JPN 20.6
24 Shigeo Homma 28 Japan JPN 20.5
25 Yoshitaka Takeda 21 Japan JPN 18.8