At the 1932s Olympics, Chzechoslovakian composer Josef Suk won the Silver medal in the music category: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Suk_(composer)

I'm wondering why no gold or bronze medal was awarded?

If there is only one viable entrant, wouldn't that win gold automatically?

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    Music was judged differently - see Wikipedia
    – MCW
    Dec 19, 2014 at 13:41
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    I understand, but I can't find anything on how this particular competition was judged and why they would give out silver but not gold.
    – Davio
    Dec 19, 2014 at 13:52

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Art competitions at the Olympics were always controversial, largely because of the professional standing of many of the participants, when the Olympics was supposed to be all amateur. Music was not the only discipline in which only some - or no - medals were awarded see:- http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_competitions_at_the_Olympic_Games

  • Still it's strange that if they're awarding just one medal, it's not gold, but silver...
    – Davio
    Dec 21, 2014 at 21:53
  • @David hmmm maybe, perhaps they just didn't think it was good enough for Gold? I find the whole idea of an "Arts Olympics" a bit problematic - I mean, in my field, Literature, how would you choose between, say Jane Austen and Charles Dickens?
    – TheHonRose
    Dec 21, 2014 at 22:28
  • I don't know, it's very arbitrary, but to award anything but gold if there is just one entry is a bit bizarre.
    – Davio
    Dec 22, 2014 at 12:17
  • @SJuan76 That'll be Jane Austen, then!
    – TheHonRose
    Dec 24, 2014 at 18:52

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