Ivies in St. Moritz Recap (1928)
1928 St. Moritz Winter Games
393 Athletes, 25 Countries, 13 Events
St. Moritz is a plush, snowcoated winter resort town in the Swiss Alps. In 1928, it played host to the second Winter Olympiad. This was the first time that the Winter Games were not held in the same country as that year's summer games. The 1924 Summer Olympics were held in Paris; the Winter Games were in Chamonix, France. Amsterdam was the host of the 1928 Summer Games.
Regardless, three from Cambridge and one from Hanover participated in the 1928 Winter Olympics: Charles N. Proctor (Dartmouth, 1928), Sherwin C. Badger (Harvard, 1923), Nathaniel W. Niles (Harvard, 1909), and Maribel Y. Vinson (Harvard, 1933).
Proctor was following in the footsteps of John Carleton (Dartmouth, 1922), in that he became the second Americanborn skier to compete in the Winter Olympics. But Proctor was part of just a threeman team, all the U.S. could afford to send after a financial mixup. The year of the Olympics, Proctor was also captain of the team at Dartmouth and a collegiate champion. The lack of funds for the team led to a lack of training time, leaving running laps on the ship taking them to Switzerland as the only pre-Olympic conditioning. Proctor finished 14th in the special ski jump and 26th in both the combined jump and crosscountry race.
Though he may not have performed very well at the Olympics, Proctor had a following back in the States. In his undergraduate days, he was a regular star on the Dartmouth Outing Club, and came into top form for the annual Winter Carnival. His father, Charles A. Proctor, a physics professor at Dartmouth, was also quite the skier. His legend still looms in the skiing world, as he has a mountain named after him in Sun Valley, Idaho.
All of Proctor's fellow Ivy Leaguers in St. Moritz were figure skaters. Niles was in his last run at the Olympics on the U.S. men's figure skating team, and unfortunately did not win a medal. Badger, a two-time winner of the US Men's Figure Skating Championship, was in his first of two Olympic Games; Vinson in her first of three. Both would win a medal in the 1932 Lake Placid Games.
Though no Ivy Leaguer won a medal at the 1928 Games, the US improved its standing by coming in second place in the final tally with six medals to Norway's 15.
|Charles N. Proctor||Dartmouth College||Men's Nordic Skiing|
|Sherwin C. Badger||Harvard University||Men's Figure Skating|
|Nathaniel W. Niles||Harvard University||Men's Figure Skating|
|Maribel Y. Vinson||Harvard University||Women's Figure Skating|