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Olympic Games

VI (6th) WINTER GAMES
OSLO, NORWAY | February 14th - 25th, 1952


Oslo, NOR


Oslo 1952

Oslo, Norway
VIth WINTER GAMES

February 14 - 25, 1952

Mascot - none

30 countries, 694 athletes (109 women)

4 sports, 22 events

Opening - Princess Ragnhild

Torch lit by - Eigil Nansen (first Winter Games torch-lighting)

Candidates: Lake Placid, Cortina d'Ampezzo

The Olympic Games came to Scandinavia for the first time in 1952. Oslo was the only edition of the Winter Games to be held in a capital city and the first hosted by Norway, a tribute to the great love of a people for winter sports. A great success contributed by an enthusiastic and competent audience. Also for the first time, the Olympic torch was brought to the Winter Games by way of a runner relay. The number of countries present increased to 30 (the Soviets were still absent but were to enter the Olympic arena in Helsinki only a few months later). Germany and Japan, two former Axis powers, were welcomed back to the Olympic family of nations.

Women athletes were allowed to compete for the first time in an Olympic Nordic event (a 10km cross-country race), and Alpine skiing saw two important changes: the addition of separate men's and women's giant slalom, and the dropping of both Alpine combined events.

The Olympic Winter Games are finally hosted by a Scandinavian country, which until then had dominated the previous five Winter Games. The opening ceremony was held under somber conditions because it took place on the same day as the funeral of England's King George VI.

In alpine skiing, 19-year-old American housewife Andrea Mead Lawrence dazzled crowds with her unexpected wins in the slalom and giant slalom. Norwegian competitors did some dazzling of their own as they totally dominated the Nordic and speed skating events. Dick Button defended the men's figure skating gold medal he had won in St. Moritz.

The Germans dominated the bobsled, but this was not due to skill as much as it was weight. Andreas Ostler and Lorenz Nieberl weighed more than 500 pounds combined. Since heavier sleds move faster, this later led the International Bobsleigh Federation to put a maximum weight limit on team members in order to balance out the competition.

Canada once again won gold in hockey, increasing its record to 37-1-3 since 1920. Norway finished atop the medals table with 16.

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BOBSLEIGH

     

2

       

2

ICE HOCKEY

         

1

   

1

SKATING

                 

Figure Skating

 

1

 

1

     

1

3

Speed Skating

3

1

           

4

SKIING

                 

Alpine Skiing

1

2

   

2

 

1

 

6

Cross-Country Skiing

1

 

3

         

4

Nordic Combined

1

             

1

Ski Jumping

1

             

1

TOTAL

7

4

3

3

2

1

1

1

22

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
(3 events added; 3 events removed incl. Luge)
(16 Men, 5 Women, 1 Combined Events)

BOBSLEIGH
M\Two-Man: Andreas Ostler/Lorenz Nieberl, GER
M\Four-Man: Germany

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Canada

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING

M\Downhill: Zeno Colo, Italy
M\Slalom: Othmar Schneider, Austria
M\Giant Slalom: Stein Eriksen, Norway
W\Downhill: Trude Jochum Beiser, Austria
W\Slalom: Andrea Mead Lawrence, United States
W\Giant Slalom: Andrea Mead Lawrence, USA

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
M\18km Classical: Hallgeir Brenden, Norway
M\50km Classical: Veikko Hakulinen, Finland
M\4x10km Relay: Finland
W\10km Classical: Lydia Wideman, Finland

NORDIC COMBINED
M\Individual: Simon Slattvik, Norway

SKI JUMPING

M\K-90 Individual: Arnfinn Bergmann, Norway

SKATING

Figure Skating


M\Singles: Richard Button, United States
W\Singles: Jeanette Altwegg, Great Britain
Pairs: Ria Falk/Paul Falk, Germany

Speed Skating
M\500m: Kenneth Henry, United States
M\1500m: Hjalmar Andersen, Norway
M\5000m: Hjalmar Andersen, Norway
M\10000m: Hjalmar Andersen, Norway

Country

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TTL

Norway

7

3

6

16

United States

4

6

1

11

Finland 

3

4

2

9

Germany

3

2

2

7

Austria

2

4

2

8

Canada

1

0

1

2

Italy

1

0

1

2

Great Britain

1

0

0

1

The Netherlands 

0

3

0

3

Sweden

0

0

4

4

Switzerland

0

0

2

2

France  

0

0

1

1

Hungary 

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

22

22

23

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