| Event type

Four, Men

Date6 – 7 February 1948
LocationOlympia Bobrun, St. Moritz / Celerina
Participants60 from 9 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 17
Length: 1722 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 130 m

The four man event was a much more open competition than the two man competition that followed later in the week and as many as eight teams were still in contention at the start of the final run. Olympic experience proved invaluable as, despite the twelve years since the previous Games, the pilots of the first four had all competed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The heavyweight Lake Placid Sno-Birds bob driven by 43 year old Frank Tyler placed fifth on the first run but an outstanding second run swept them to the top of the leader board where they remained to the finish.

Behind them was the Belgian sled piloted by the multi-talented Max Houben. Houben won his only Olympic medal in his fiftieth year, and his fifth Olympics, having competed as a sprinter in the 1920 Summer Games before taking up the bobsleigh. Also a footballer who had been a member of a Belgian championship winning side and a competitor in both motor racing and tennis, Houben died instantly in a horrific crash whilst practicing for the 1949 World Championships at Lake Placid.

The other US crew finished third despite the presence of both gold and silver medal winning two-man drivers in the world champion Switzerland I crew. The racing passed relatively smoothly without any serious crashes or injuries although racing was temporarily suspended during the second run when the track was flooded after a water pipe broke.

PosCompetitorsNOCTimeRun #1Run #2Run #3Run #4
1United States 2USA5:20.11:17.1 (2)1:19.6 (1)1:21.4 (=1)1:22.0 (5)Gold
Frank TylerPat MartinEd RimkusBill D'Amico
2BelgiumBEL5:21.31:17.3 (=3)1:20.9 (=6)1:22.0 (5)1:21.1 (1)Silver
Max HoubenFreddy MansveldGeorge NielsJacques Mouvet
3United States 1USA5:21.51:17.4 (5)1:20.7 (2)1:21.8 (4)1:21.6 (2)Bronze
Jim Bickford, Jr.Tom HicksDon Dupree, Sr.Bill Dupree
4Switzerland 1SUI5:22.11:16.9 (1)1:21.2 (8)1:22.3 (=7)1:21.7 (3)
Fritz FeierabendFritz WallerFelix EndrichHeiri Angst
5Norway 1NOR5:22.51:17.3 (=3)1:20.8 (=3)1:21.4 (=1)1:23.0 (=6)
Arne HolstIvar JohansenReidar BergAlf Large
6Italy 1ITA5:23.01:18.2 (7)1:20.8 (=3)1:22.1 (6)1:21.9 (4)
Nino BibbiaGian Carlo RonchettiEdilberto CampadeseLuigi Cavalieri
7Great Britain 1GBR5:23.91:18.5 (8)1:20.9 (=6)1:21.5 (3)1:23.0 (=6)
William ColesJack McLeanPennington CollingsMike Holliday
8Switzerland 2SUI5:25.41:17.6 (6)1:20.8 (=3)1:22.3 (=7)1:24.7 (12)
Franz KapusBernhard SchilterPaul EberhardWerner Spring
9France 1FRA5:29.41:18.9 (9)1:22.2 (9)1:23.8 (11)1:24.5 (=10)
René CharletJean MorinJacques DescatoireAmédée Ronzel
10Norway 2NOR5:29.71:20.0 (11)1:22.6 (10)1:23.6 (10)1:23.5 (8)
Bjarne SchrøenGunnar ThoresenArnold DyrdahlBenn Johan Valsø
11Italy 2ITA5:30.21:19.8 (10)1:22.8 (11)1:23.2 (9)1:24.4 (9)
Nino RovelliEnrico AiroldiVittorio FolonariRemo Airoldi
12ArgentinaARG5:32.91:20.5 (12)1:23.4 (12)1:24.5 (12)1:24.5 (=10)
Justo del CarrilSalvador CorreaMarcelo de RidderHéctor Tomasi
13France 2FRA5:35.41:20.7 (14)1:24.7 (15)1:24.7 (13)1:25.3 (13)
Gilbert Achard-PicardFélix BonnatLouis Saint CalbreHenri Evrot
14CzechoslovakiaTCH5:35.51:20.6 (13)1:24.1 (13)1:25.4 (14)1:25.4 (14)
Max IppenFrantišek ZajíčekIvan ŠipajloJiří Novotný
15Great Britain 2GBR5:41.11:20.8 (15)1:24.3 (14)1:29.8 (15)1:26.2 (15)
Richard JefferyEd MeddingsGeorge Powell-SheddenJames Iremonger