February 1928: The “Roaring Twenties” are buzzing, the economy is flourishing, the car is becoming a common item, jazz is the new attitude to life. Here in St. Moritz, however, people meet to hold sporting competitions that would still cause a shaking of heads elsewhere.
For some decades now, English gentlemen have been building bobsleigh runs or jumping from ski jumps in St. Moritz. And these seemingly purposeless but entertaining activities have long been supported. For the Second Olympic Winter Games in 1928, an Olympic ski jump was built for 257,000 Swiss francs, and a total of 700,000 Swiss francs were invested in the organisation of the Winter Games.
Amateur athletes from all over the world, or rather from 25 nations, are now gathering in St. Moritz to compete in six sports. However, the weather is their biggest challenge: in the middle of the Games, the legendary St. Moritz sun is too kind to the athletes, and the temperature rises to 25 degrees. The cross-country skiers hardly make any progress in the wet snow, especially the Norwegians who have all chosen the wrong ski wax. And figure skating becomes a spectacle between puddles of water.