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Skeleton, Men

Date3 – 4 February 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationCresta Run, St. Moritz / Celerina
Participants15 from 6 countries
FormatSix runs, total time determined placement. First three runs contested on a shorter course.
Venue detailsCurves: ? / 15
Length: 870 m / 1231 m
Start Altitude: ? / ?
Vertical Drop: ? / 157 m

Twenty years after the first Olympic skeleton competition, one of the competitors of 1928 was again competing. Former silver medallist Jack Heaton, 39, was not only an entrant in the field, but also considered one of the favourites, along with Christian Fischbacher of Switzerland, and John Crammond of Britain. Crammond and Heaton lived up to the expectations on the first day, Crammond winning the first run, and Heaton the second. The third was won by a relative newcomer on the Cresta Run, Italian Nino Bibbia. After one day of racing, Crammond led by only two tenths of a second over Heaton and Bibbia, who were tied for second. The home favourite, Fischbacher, had crashed out at the infamous Shuttlecock curve in the first run. On day two, Bibbia moved into the lead with a consistent performance, winning all three runs (tying with Heaton in the 5th and Crammond in the 6th) to become Italy’s first Winter Olympic Champion. Heaton won a second silver medal two decades after his first, while Crammond took the bronze.

Bibbia, who lived in St. Moritz and had seen the 1928 Winter Olympics there as a young boy, was originally only selected for the Italian bobsleigh teams, and was entered in the skeleton only shortly before the Games. His Olympic victory was his first win on the Cresta Run, but 230 more would follow, including 8 Grand Nationals.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4Run 5Run 6
1Nino BibbiaITA5:23.248.0 (4)47.6 (2)47.6 (1)59.5 (1)1:00.2 (=1)1:00.3 (=1)Gold
2Jack HeatonUSA5:24.648.1 (5)47.4 (1)47.7 (2)1:00.0 (2)1:00.2 (=1)1:01.2 (5)Silver
3John CrammondGBR5:25.147.4 (1)47.7 (3)47.9 (3)1:00.9 (5)1:00.9 (3)1:00.3 (=1)Bronze
4Wilbur MartinUSA5:28.047.8 (3)49.2 (11)48.2 (5)1:00.7 (3)1:01.6 (=5)1:00.5 (3)
5Gottfried KägiSUI5:29.948.9 (10)48.8 (8)48.7 (=7)1:00.8 (4)1:01.6 (=5)1:01.1 (4)
6Richard BottGBR5:30.748.3 (6)48.9 (9)49.2 (10)1:01.5 (6)1:01.4 (4)1:01.4 (=6)1
7Jimmy CoatsGBR5:31.948.8 (=8)48.7 (7)49.0 (9)1:02.3 (7)1:01.7 (7)1:01.4 (=6)
8Mac MacCarthyUSA5:35.548.8 (=8)48.3 (4)49.4 (12)1:03.6 (9)1:02.7 (9)1:02.7 (8)
9Tommy ClarkeGBR5:39.049.7 (12)49.9 (=12)49.3 (11)1:03.5 (8)1:03.8 (10)1:02.8 (9)
ACMilo BiglerSUI48.4 (7)48.4 (=5)48.7 (=7)2:00.2 (10)1:02.1 (8)– (AC)DNF
ACDialma BaselgiaSUI49.2 (11)49.0 (10)48.6 (6)– (AC)DNF
ACWilliam Gayraud-HirigoyenFRA52.7 (13)49.9 (=12)51.0 (13)– (DNS)DNF
ACWilliam JohnsonUSA47.7 (2)48.4 (=5)48.0 (4)– (AC)DNF
ACChristian FischbacherSUI– (AC)– (DNS)DNF
ACHugo KurandaAUT– (AC)– (DNS)DNF