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Singles, Men

Date8 – 9 February 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Arena, Lake Placid
Participants12 from 8 countries
FormatEach judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.
Judge #1Yngvar BrynNOR
Judge #2Herbert ClarkeGBR
Judge #3Hans GrünauerAUT
Judge #4Walter JakobssonFIN
Judge #5Cecil McDougallCAN
Judge #6Jenő MinnichHUN
Judge #7Charles RotchUSA

At the 1932 Games Gillis Grafström, now 38, made a gallant try to make figure skating history. The triple Olympic Champion had won the World Championship in 1929, beating his main rival Karl Schäfer, but since then he had not appeared on the figure skating championship scene. Schäfer had taken over as the world’s leading male figure skater, winning all European titles since 1929 and world titles since 1930.

At the 1932 European Championships in Paris mid-January, he was far ahead of his nearest rivals. Grafström made a mistake in his specialty, the compulsory figures, and Schäfer won his first Olympic gold with a clear margin. The Swedish stylist was able to recover from his mistake and secured the silver, ending his Olympic career with three gold and one silver, a medal collection even Sonja Henie was unable to match. Montgomery Wilson improved from his modest 13th place in St. Moritz to win Canada’s first ever figure skating Olympic medal, securing the bronze medal. One week later Wilson won the silver medal in the World Championships in Montreal behind Schäfer, but by then Grafström had left for Europe, ending one of the greatest and longest figure skating careers of all time. He had competed in the World Championships first in 1914 in Helsinki, and further international titles were denied him because, from 1915-1921, no figure skating championships were held due to World War I.

PosSkaterNOCMaj. PlacementsOrdinalsPointsJudge #1Judge #2Judge #3Judge #4Judge #5Judge #6Judge #7
1Karl SchäferAUT5×1+9.02,602.0374.0 (1)337.6 (2)378.9 (1)373.2 (2)369.3 (1)392.7 (1)376.3 (1)Gold
2Gillis GrafströmSWE6×2+13.02,514.5354.1 (3)340.1 (1)352.3 (2)375.7 (1)359.3 (2)373.4 (2)359.6 (2)Silver
3Bud WilsonCAN4×3+24.02,448.3349.9 (4)322.8 (3)346.2 (4)348.5 (4)358.5 (3)363.5 (3)358.9 (3)Bronze
4Marcus NikkanenFIN4×4+28.02,420.1367.8 (2)318.1 (4)348.0 (3)356.8 (3)335.8 (5)353.3 (5)340.3 (6)
5Ernst BaierGER6×5+35.02,334.8338.1 (5)303.5 (5)343.2 (5)332.2 (5)337.5 (4)353.5 (4)326.8 (7)
6Roger TurnerUSA7×6+40.02,297.6336.0 (6)295.1 (6)336.6 (6)324.8 (6)321.6 (6)332.2 (6)351.3 (4)
7James MaddenUSA6×8+52.02,149.6308.1 (7)275.2 (7)308.1 (8)313.4 (8)304.4 (8)296.1 (9)344.3 (5)1
8Gail Borden, IIUSA6×8+54.02,110.8304.4 (8)256.6 (8)309.7 (7)320.1 (7)292.8 (9)303.6 (7)323.6 (8)
9Kazuyoshi OimatsuJPN4×9+67.01,978.6290.9 (9)240.5 (10)287.0 (9)290.4 (9)283.5 (12)298.4 (8)287.9 (10)
10Walther LangerTCH5×10+69.01,964.3288.8 (10)226.8 (11)284.6 (10)284.8 (10)305.6 (7)279.2 (12)294.5 (9)2
11William NagleUSA5×11+78.01,884.8257.4 (12)220.5 (12)278.7 (11)280.7 (11)286.2 (11)294.2 (10)267.1 (11)3
12Ryuichi ObitaniJPN4×11+77.01,856.7267.8 (11)242.6 (9)264.0 (12)267.1 (12)288.7 (10)292.5 (11)234.0 (12)4
DNSStewart ReburnCAN
DNSGeorges TorchonFRA
DNSGeorge HillUSA

Compulsory Figures (8 February 1932 — 09:30-14:15)

Judge #1Yngvar BrynNOR
Judge #2Herbert ClarkeGBR
Judge #3Hans GrünauerAUT
Judge #4Walter JakobssonFIN
Judge #5Cecil McDougallCAN
Judge #6Jenő MinnichHUN
Judge #7Charles RotchUSA
PosOrdSkaterNOCMaj. PlacementsOrdinalsJudge #1Judge #2Judge #3Judge #4Judge #5Judge #6Judge #7
1Karl SchäferAUT7×1+7.01,553.0223.8 (1)198.0 (1)226.0 (1)223.0 (1)223.0 (1)233.1 (1)226.1 (1)
2Gillis GrafströmSWE4×2+18.01,496.0211.8 (3)197.8 (2)212.7 (2)221.5 (2)210.4 (3)225.8 (2)216.0 (4)
3Bud WilsonCAN4×3+23.01,477.6210.3 (4)196.5 (3)207.9 (4)214.2 (4)216.2 (2)215.9 (3)216.6 (3)
4Marcus NikkanenFIN4×4+29.01,450.8218.9 (2)193.1 (4)211.1 (3)218.5 (3)196.2 (6)211.0 (5)202.0 (6)
5Roger TurnerUSA5×5+34.01,424.3201.7 (6)184.8 (5)207.6 (5)210.7 (5)199.3 (5)201.9 (6)218.3 (2)
6Ernst BaierGER6×6+39.01,404.0205.1 (5)183.8 (6)206.3 (6)199.2 (6)201.9 (4)211.2 (4)196.5 (8)
7Gail Borden, IIUSA5×7+51.01,307.2190.1 (7)156.9 (8)192.7 (7)192.5 (7)187.1 (8)186.6 (7)201.3 (7)
8James MaddenUSA5×8+53.01,301.4184.5 (8)168.8 (7)188.4 (8)192.4 (8)180.8 (9)181.8 (9)204.7 (5)
9Walther LangerTCH5×9+66.01,221.0182.4 (9)133.7 (11)184.9 (9)178.4 (9)188.6 (7)172.8 (12)180.2 (9)
10Kazuyoshi OimatsuJPN6×10+71.01,167.6173.9 (10)136.8 (10)171.3 (10)174.7 (10)169.2 (11)176.1 (10)165.6 (10)
11Ryuichi ObitaniJPN5×11+73.01,148.1166.8 (11)140.2 (9)167.0 (12)167.4 (11)173.0 (10)186.1 (8)147.6 (12)
12William NagleUSA7×12+81.01,095.8163.0 (12)117.5 (12)169.7 (11)153.1 (12)167.9 (12)174.5 (11)150.1 (11)

Free Skating (9 February 1932 — 20:15)

Free Skating points computed by multiplying Free Skating score by 13.5 (rounded to one decimal place).

Judge #1Yngvar BrynNOR
Judge #2Herbert ClarkeGBR
Judge #3Hans GrünauerAUT
Judge #4Walter JakobssonFIN
Judge #5Cecil McDougallCAN
Judge #6Jenő MinnichHUN
Judge #7Charles RotchUSA
PosOrdSkaterNOCMaj. PlacementsOrdinalsJudge #1Judge #2Judge #3Judge #4Judge #5Judge #6Judge #7
1Karl SchäferAUT4×1+10.01,049.0150.2 (1)139.6 (2)152.9 (1)150.2 (2)146.3 (2)159.6 (1)150.2 (1)
2Gillis GrafströmSWE5×2+12.51,018.5142.3 (3)142.3 (1)139.6 (2)154.2 (1)148.9 (1)147.6 (2)143.6 (2)
3Bud WilsonCAN5×3+22.5970.7139.6 (4)126.3 (3)138.3 (3)134.3 (4)142.3 (3)147.6 (3)142.3 (3)
4Marcus NikkanenFIN4×4+27.0969.3148.9 (2)125.0 (4)136.9 (=4)138.3 (3)139.6 (4)142.3 (5)138.3 (5)
5Ernst BaierGER5×5+37.0930.8133.0 (6)119.7 (5)136.9 (=4)133.0 (5)135.6 (5)142.3 (4)130.3 (7)
6Roger TurnerUSA5×6+46.0873.3134.3 (5)110.3 (6)129.0 (6)114.1 (10)122.3 (7)130.3 (6)133.0 (6)
7James MaddenUSA5×7+49.0848.2123.6 (7)106.4 (7)119.7 (7)121.0 (8)123.6 (6)114.3 (10)139.6 (4)
8Kazuyoshi OimatsuJPN4×8.5+60.5811.0117.0 (8)103.7 (8)115.7 (9)115.7 (9)114.3 (11)122.3 (7)122.3 (=8)
9Gail Borden, IIUSA5×9+64.0803.6114.3 (9)99.7 (11)117.0 (8)127.6 (=6)105.7 (12)117.0 (9)122.3 (=8)
10William NagleUSA4×9+63.5789.094.4 (12)103.0 (9)109.0 (10)127.6 (=6)118.3 (8)119.7 (8)117.0 (10)
11Walther LangerTCH5×11+75.5743.3106.4 (10)93.1 (12)99.7 (11)106.4 (11)117.0 (9)106.4 (=11)114.3 (11)
12Ryuichi ObitaniJPN4×11.5+78.5708.6101.0 (11)102.4 (10)97.0 (12)99.7 (12)115.7 (10)106.4 (=11)86.4 (12)