Olympic Preview: Archiving Sports History

December 30 2013, 1:40 PM

 

Lake Placid 1932 Gold Medal (minted by the Robbins Co.): The third Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York—a town of fewer than 3,000 people. Faced with the onerous task of raising money in the midst of the Depression, the president of the organizing committee, Dr. Godfrey Dewey, donated land owned by his family to be used for construction of a bobsled run.

Front: Winged goddess with laurel branch over clouds and a mountain view of the Games site, with a rising sun in the background.

Reverse: Olympic rings above the medal description and crossed laurel branches.

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