|III Olympic Winter Games|
|Host city||Lake Placid, New York, USA|
|Events||14 in 4 sports|
|Opening ceremony||February 4|
|Closing ceremony||February 15|
|Stadium||w:Lake Placid Speedskating Oval|
The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1932 in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the 1st Winter Olympics held in the United States.
- The Games were opened by New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States later the same year.
- Irving Jaffee won the 5,000 m (3.1 mi.) and the 10,000 m (6.2 mi.) speedskating gold medals, beating previous champion and world record holder Ivar Ballangrud in the 10,000 m by 4.5 m (5 yards), mainly because the favorites were unaccustomed to the common start.
- The USA won the medal tally with a total of 12 medals (6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze).
- Seventeen countries participated.
Medals were awarded in 14 events in 5 sports (7 disciplines).
- Figure skating
- Ice hockey
- Nordic skiing
- Speed skating
The Games also included events in three demonstration sports.
- Main article: Venues of the 1932 Winter Olympics
- Intervales Ski-Hill - Nordic combined (ski jumping), Ski jumping
- Lake Placid - Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing)
- Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bob-Run - Bobsleigh
- Olympic Arena - Figure skating, Ice hockey
- Olympic Stadium - Ice hockey, Speed skating
Athletes from 17 nations competed in these Games, down from 25 nations at the previous Games in 1928. Argentina, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Yugoslavia did not send athletes to Lake Placid.
- Main article: 1932 Winter Olympics medal table