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Four/Five, Men1

Date18 February 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympia Bobrun, St. Moritz / Celerina
Participants116 from 14 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 17
Length: 1722 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 130 m

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.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
1United States IIUSA3:20.51:38.9 (1)1:41.6 (5)Gold
Billy FiskeNion TuckerGeoffrey MasonCliff GrayDick Parke
2United States IUSA3:21.01:42.3 (=8)1:38.7 (1)Silver
Jennison HeatonDavid GrangerLyman HineTom DoeJ. J. O'Brien
3Germany IIGER3:21.91:41.7 (=5)1:40.2 (2)Bronze
Hanns KilianValentin KremplHans HeßSebastian HuberHans Nägle
4Argentina IARG3:22.61:40.1 (3)1:42.5 (6)
Arturo GramajoRicardo GonzálezMariano de MaríaRafael IglesiasJohn Victor Nash
5Argentina IIARG3:22.91:42.3 (=8)1:40.6 (3)
Eduardo HopeJorge del CarrilHéctor MilbergHoracio IglesiasHoracio Gramajo
6Belgium IBEL3:24.51:39.8 (2)1:44.7 (12)
Ernest Casimir-LambertMarcel Sedille-CourbonLéon TomMax HoubenWalter Jean Ganshof van der Meersch
7Romania IIROU3:24.61:43.8 (13)1:40.8 (4)
Grigore SocolescuMircea SocolescuIon GavățToma Petre GhițulescuTraian Nițescu
8Switzerland ISUI3:25.71:43.1 (10)1:42.6 (7)
Charley StoffelHenry HöhnesLouis KochEmil CoppettiRené Fonjallaz
9Great Britain IIGBR3:26.21:41.7 (=5)1:44.5 (=10)
Henry MartineauWalter BirchEddie HallJohn GeeJohn, Earl of Stair
10Great Britain IGBR3:26.31:40.6 (4)1:45.7 (15)
Cecil PimFrederick BrowningDavid GriffithGuy TraceyThomas Warner
11Mexico MEX3:27.71:44.9 (16)1:42.8 (8)2
Lorenzo ElízagaMario CasasúsGenaro DíazJosé DíazJuan de Landa
12Netherlands NED3:29.01:43.5 (11)1:45.5 (14)
Curt van de SandtEdwin, Jonkheer Teixeira de MattosHenri DekkingJacques DelpratHubert Menten
13Switzerland IISUI3:29.91:41.7 (=5)1:48.2 (20)
André MoillenJohn SchneiterRené AnsermozJean MoillenWilliam Pichard
14France IFRA3:30.01:43.7 (12)1:46.3 (17)
Jean, Marquis de Suarez d'AulanJacques Petit-DidierMichel BaurRoger Petit-DidierWilliam Beamisch
15France IIFRA3:30.21:45.7 (19)1:44.5 (=10)
André DubonnetBertrand du Pontavice de HeusseyJoseph DedeynJacques RheinsStéphane, Viscount de la Rochefoucault
16Belgium IIBEL3:31.21:45.0 (=17)1:46.2 (16)
Charles MulderFerdinand HubertLouis RooyHubert KrynRobert Langlois
17Poland POL3:31.61:44.8 (15)1:46.8 (18)
Józef Broel-PlaterJerzy BardzińskiJerzy Potulicki-SkórzewskiJerzy ŁuckiAntoni Bura
18Germany IGER3:31.91:48.0 (22)1:43.9 (9)
Hans Edgar EndresPaul MartinRudolf SönningPaul VolkhardtKarl Max Reinhardt
19Romania IROU3:32.21:47.3 (21)1:44.9 (13)
Alexandru BerlescuPetre PetroviciHoria RomanEugen ȘtefănescuTiţă Rădulescu
20Luxembourg LUX3:32.71:45.8 (20)1:46.9 (19)
Marc SchoetterWilly HeldensteinAuguste HilbertRaoul WeckbeckerPierre Kaempff
21Italy ITA3:34.61:45.0 (=17)1:49.6 (21)
Giancarlo MorpugoCarlo SemLuigi CeruttiGiuseppe CrivelliPiero Marchetti
22Austria IIAUT3:42.01:52.3 (23)1:49.7 (22)
Franz LorenzBenno KarnerRichard LorenzFranz WohlgemuthEduard Pechanda
ACAustria IAUT1:44.2 (14)– (AC)DQ3
Gustav MaderFerdinand Langer 4Franz PamperlWalter SehrMichael WaissnixHugo Weinstengel
DNSCzechoslovakia ITCH– (DNS)
F. HeisserR. TennerL. GlasserJ. SmutzerJ. Husak
DNSCzechoslovakia IITCH– (DNS)
J. WagnerA. WilfertJ. SchmidtGustav LeubnerF. Neumann