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Bobsleigh at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's Four/Five

Bobsleigh at the 1928 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

Events:

Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympia Bobrun, St. Moritz / Celerina
Date Started: February 18, 1928
Date Finished: February 18, 1928
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA United States-2
Silver: USA United States-1
Bronze: GER Germany-2

Summary

Originally two days of racing were planned, with two heats contested on 16 and 17 February. But warm weather led to a postponement, and eventually only two runs were contested on the 18th. Both runs were won by one of the Americans crews. USA I was steered by [Jennison Heaton], the winner of the skeleton race, while the second sled was piloted by 16-year-old [Billy Fiske]. Three of Fiske's crewmen had been recruited through a newspaper advertisement, and [Tucker], [Mason] and [Parke] had no prior bobsleigh experience. Fiske won the first heat, ahead of Belgium's [Ernest Casimir-Lambert], one of the pre-race favorites. Casimir-Lambert's crew sported two Summer Olympians, fencing silver medalist [Léon Tom] and sprinter [Max Houben], who would go on to pilot bobsleds himself and win a silver medal in 1948. But the Belgians made a major error in the second run and dropped to sixth.

Fiske's final descent was also slower than his first, but Heaton's fastest time of the day was not enough for a gold medal. [Kilian]'s bronze medal was Germany's first Olympic podium since the First World War, having been excluded in 1920 and 1924. The two Argentine bobs were the surprise of the competition.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 United States-2 USA Gold 3:20.5
2 United States-1 USA Silver 3:21.0
3 Germany-2 GER Bronze 3:21.9
4 Argentina-1 ARG 3:22.6
5 Argentina-2 ARG 3:22.9
6 Belgium-1 BEL 3:24.5
7 Romania-2 ROU 3:24.6
8 Switzerland-1 SUI 3:25.7
9 Great Britain-2 GBR 3:26.2
10 Great Britain-1 GBR 3:26.3
11 Mexico MEX 3:27.7
12 Netherlands NED 3:29.0
13 Switzerland-2 SUI 3:29.9
14 France-1 FRA 3:30.0
15 France-2 FRA 3:30.2
16 Belgium-2 BEL 3:31.2
17 Poland POL 3:31.6
18 Germany-1 GER 3:31.9
19 Romania-1 ROU 3:32.2
20 Luxembourg LUX 3:32.7
21 Italy ITA 3:34.6
22 Austria-2 AUT 3:42.0
AC Austria-1 AUT DQ