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.
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 [LÃ©on 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.