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Skeleton, Men

Date17 February 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationCresta Run, St. Moritz / Celerina
Participants10 from 6 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement. Fourth run cancelled.
Venue detailsCurves: 15
Length: 1231 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 157 m

The skeleton races were scheduled for Thursday February 16, but the weather conditions were poor, with a warm spell, like the two days before. Eventually they were held on Friday, starting at eight in the morning, to avoid the morning sun melting too much of the ice. Although 18 sliders entered, only 10 eventually competed.

Favorite for the victory was the British Earl of Northesk, John Carnegie. In the week prior to the Olympic competition, Earl Northesk had first broken the track record (lowering it to 58.5 seconds), and then won the prestigious Grand National – the most important Cresta Run event. However, in the first run of the competition he made a major mistake and broke one of his brakes, losing precious seconds. The other British entry, John Cuthbert Moore, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, was also highly considered but fell off his sled at the Shuttlecock curve only 2 days before the Olympic event started, broke several ribs, and cut his face badly. He did not start. With Northesk behind, the two American Heaton brothers could decide the title between them, with Jennison eventually taking the gold and Jack the silver. Jack Heaton did quite well when one considers he was hampered by a broken wrist he had sustained only a few weeks before the Olympic race. Two of the ten competitors crashed, the Frenchman Pierre Dormeuil and Swiss Willy von Eschen both left the course involuntarily.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3
1Jennison HeatonUSA3:01.81:00.2 (1)1:00.2 (1)1:01.4 (=2)Gold
2Jack HeatonUSA3:02.81:01.4 (2)1:00.4 (2)1:01.0 (1)Silver
3David, Earl of NortheskGBR3:05.11:02.7 (4)1:01.0 (3)1:01.4 (=2)Bronze
4Agostino LanfranchiITA3:08.71:02.1 (3)1:02.4 (4)1:04.2 (=5)
5Alexander BernerSUI3:08.81:03.4 (5)1:03.4 (=5)1:02.0 (4)
6Franz UnterlechnerAUT3:13.51:05.9 (8)1:03.4 (=5)1:04.2 (=5)
7Alessandro Del TorsoITA3:14.91:05.6 (7)1:04.7 (7)1:04.6 (7)
8Louis HasenknopfAUT3:36.71:15.4 (9)1:10.9 (8)1:10.4 (8)
ACWilly von EschenSUI1:04.8 (6)– (AC)DNF
ACPierre DormeuilFRA– (AC)– (AC)DNF
DNSGeorg ReinhardtGER
DNSErnest Casimir-LambertBEL
DNSRoger FichlinBEL
DNSHarry MorganUSA
DNSJean, Count de BeaumontFRA
DNSAlexander Lyle-SamuelGBR
DNSLord Brabazon of TaraGBR
DNSDialma BaselgiaSUI