Hi, this is Darlene Franklin, celebrating the release of my figure skating story, Golden Dreams. My heroine hopes to compete in the 1932 winter games, held in Lake Placid, New York.
|Site of Lake Placid Bobsled Run|
Held during the height of the Great Depression, the games needed a special leader to make sure they went smoothly. Enter Dr. Godfrey Dewey of the Lake Placid Club. In addition to bringing the games to his small town, he also donated land for the bobsled run.
The bobsled event generated a lot of interest. Because President Hoover couldn’t leave Washington, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the games. However, Franklin’s wife Eleanor garnered more attention by accepting a ride—on a bobsled. I’ve always admired Eleanor Roosevelt, but I never guessed she was a daredevil.
Prominent athlete William Fiske drove the gold-medal winning bobsled team. The best story goes to
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CBC and NBC broadcast the games by radio and shortwaves brought them to Europe. With the games so available, public interest grew.
Figure skater Sonja Henie won the second of her three consecutive gold medals at Lake Placid. All the skating greats who have followed owe her for the popularity of the sport.
Seventeen nations participated in the 1932 games. The United States won the medal tally, with a total of twelve. Norway came second, with ten. Contemporary powerhouses like Japan, Korea and Russia didn’t participate at all.
Other contests were held in speed skating, Nordic skiing, and ice hockey, a total of fourteen events. Curling, sled dog racing, and speed skating for women rounded out the demonstration sports. Sled dog racing was never repeated—too bad.
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