Lake Placid 1932
The third Winter Olympics of 1932 were held in Lake Placid, New York State, a town of fewer than 4,000 people. The global financial climate and long distances meant that only 252 athletes from 17 nations took part. However, around 78,000 spectators made up for the lack of international competitors, and the United States led the medal tally for the first time, winning six gold medals in the process.
Eddie Eagan, who had won the light-heavyweight boxing championship at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, remains the only person in Olympic history to have earned gold medals in both summer and winter sports. Eagan added a winter gold medal to his collection as a member of the American team which triumphed in the four-man bobsleigh competition.