• Alex 50km Lahti Champion
  • St. Moritz, Switzerland, Jan 30-Feb 8, 1948

    Bill Irvin
    Tom Dennie

    After an absence of 12 years the international sporting movement got back on track in neutral Switzerland as familiar St. Moritz hosted a worldwide revived interest in the Olympic Winter Games.

    Chosen from the 1947 Canadian national championships were Vancouver’s well-known Tom Mobraten (1936) for jumping and Bill Irvin of Winnipeg for jumping, combined, cross country and slalom. Tom Dennie of Lac Beauport, Quebec, was added to cross country in December after winning two trials over previous season national championship medalists in Valcartier, Quebec. Six of the 11 athletes selected were primarily nordic skiers.

    The team traveled by train from Montreal to New York, boarded the Queen Mary to London arriving there Jan. 1, and reached St. Moritz two days later. In cross country competition Swedes handled the varying mild and icy trails with ease winning all three men’s gold led by Martin Lundstrom who took the 18 km in a Swedish sweep of the top three among 83 entrants. Dennie ran 73rd while Irvin, who had been ill prior to traveling and while in Europe, finished 81st. The 50 km was won by Sweden for the fourth straight time, 5th place finisher in the 18 km, Nils Karlsson, took the gold. Dennie was unable to finish the icy-tracked ‘marathon’ distance.

    Sweden took the relay ahead of Finland and Norway in a field of 11 teams. Again, Canada had no entry.