Sled dog race
at the III Olympic Winter Games
VenueLake Placid, New York
Competitors12 from 2 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Emile St. Godard  Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Leonhard Seppala  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Shorty Russick  Canada

A sled dog race was included as a demonstration event at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Five contestants from Canada and seven contestants from the United States competed. The event, run under the rules of the New England Sled Dog Club, ran twice over a 25.1 mile (40.5 km) long course. With six dogs per sled, each sled took off at three-minute intervals, and intermediate times were given to the mushers at 4 miles (6.44 km), 10.6 miles (17.06 km), and 22.46 miles (36.14 km).

Qualification

Norman D. Vaughan qualified for the event through a race held by the New England Sled Dog Club in Wonalancet, New Hampshire in the winter of 1932.

Twenty-six teams were entered in the two-day event, which was held two weeks before the Olympics.[1]

It was thought that Emile St. Godard would be unable to compete in the event because of the lack of financial support.[2]

Results

Place Driver Race #1 Race #2 Total
1  Emile St. Godard (CAN) 2:12:05.0 2:11:07.5 4:23:12.5
2  Leonhard Seppala (USA) 2:13:34.3 2:17:27.5 4:31:01.8
3  Shorty Russick (CAN) 2:26:22.4 2:21:22.2 4:47:44.6
4  Harry Wheeler (CAN) 2:33:19.1 2:29:35.0 5:02:54.1
5  Roger Haines (USA) 2:34:56.0 2:31:31.3 5:06:27.3
6  Raymond Pouliot (CAN) 2:53:14.3 2:52:21.5 5:45:35.8
7  Jack Defalco (CAN) 2:53:49.5 2:55:50.1 5:49:39.6
8  Stuart Belknap (USA) 2:57:14.0 2:57:08.5 5:54:22.5
9  Henry Murphy (USA) 2:42:49.4 3:15:24.1 5:58:13.5
10  Dexter Sears (USA) 3:00:21.7 3:01:49.5 6:02:11.2
11  Norman D. Vaughan (USA) 3:24:10.0 3:49:46.0 7:13:56.0
12  Eva Seeley (USA)[3] 3:28:01.7 3:46:45.0 7:14:46.7

Participating nations

A total of 12 competitors from two nations competed at the Lake Placid games.

References

  1. ^ Vaughan, Norman D.; Murphey, Cecil B. (April 1995). My Life of Adventure. Stackpole Books. p. 56. ISBN 978-0811708920. 1932 olympics dog.
  2. ^ "Champion Dog Musher May Miss Lake Placid". Ottawa Citizen. 15 January 1932. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  3. ^ Belman, Felice; Pride, Mike, eds. (1 March 2001). The New Hampshire Century: Profiles of One Hundred People Who Shaped It. UPNE. p. 317. ISBN 978-1584650874.