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The most notorious moments in Winter Olympics history

Yardbarker Logo By Matt Whitener of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 25: In the early days of the Winter Olympics, the event was often complicated by the political ramifications of the times, with war and even the elements causing major roadblocks. The third Winter Games in 1932 were plagued by the Great Depression, which kept many athletes unable to afford to travel to Lake Placid, N.Y. The combination of the lack of attendance and unseasonably warm weather led to the 14-contest field getting dwindled down to only four competitions.

1932: Depression and weather diminish early Winter Games

In the early days of the Winter Olympics, the event was often complicated by the political ramifications of the times, with war and even the elements causing major roadblocks. The third Winter Games in 1932 were plagued by the Great Depression, which kept many athletes unable to afford to travel to Lake Placid, N.Y. The combination of the lack of attendance and unseasonably warm weather led to the 14-contest field getting dwindled down to only four competitions.

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