|Host city||Lake Placid, New York, United States|
(231 men, 21 women)
|Events||14 in 4 sports (7 disciplines)|
|Closing ceremony||February 15|
|Officially opened by||Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Athlete's Oath||Jack Shea|
|Stadium||Lake Placid Speedskating Oval|
The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event in the United States, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980.
The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California also had a bid for the 1932 Winter Games. William May Garland, president of the California X Olympiad Association, wanted the games to take place in Wrightwood and Big Pines, California. The world's largest ski jump at the time was constructed in Big Pines for the event, but the games were ultimately awarded to Lake Placid.
Medals were awarded in 14 events contested in 4 sports (7 disciplines).
The Games also included events in three demonstration sports.
|Intervales Ski-Hill||Nordic combined (ski jumping), Ski jumping||9,200|||
|Lake Placid||Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing)||Not listed.|||
|Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bob-Run||Bobsleigh||12,500|||
|Olympic Arena||Figure skating, Ice hockey (final)||3,360|||
|Olympic Stadium||Ice hockey, Speed skating||7,475|||
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.
III Olympic Winter Games (1932)