List of 1952 Winter Olympics medal winners

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A man in a blue outfit with his competitor number "33" pinned to it skiing along a course in front of three other men.
Sverre Stenersen, the 1952 bronze medallist in Nordic combined, pictured here at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy where he won gold in the same event[1]

The 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known by the International Olympic Committee as the VI Olympic Winter Games,[2] were a multi-sport event held in Oslo, Norway, from February 14–25, 1952. A total of 694 athletes representing 30 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated at the Games in 22 events across 8 disciplines.[3] Of the 30 participating NOCs, Portugal and New Zealand made their Winter Olympic Games debuts in Oslo—neither delegation secured a medal.[3]

The Olympic programme changed only slightly from that of the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics, with the addition of women's cross-country skiing, and changes to the alpine skiing line-up where the combined was replaced by the giant slalom.[4] Bandy was held as the sole demonstration event at the Games.[5] Both men and women participated at these Games; aside from cross-country skiing, women also took part in alpine skiing and figure skating. The Games were officially opened by a woman for the first time; Princess Ragnhild of Norway did the honours in the absence of both her father Crown Prince Olav and grandfather King Haakon VII, away in London for the funeral of George VI of the United Kingdom who had died just days before the Games opened.[3][4]

A total of 115 athletes won at least one medal at the Games.[4] On home soil, athletes from Norway won sixteen medals, including seven golds, the most of any country at the Games. The United States (eleven medals, four golds) and Finland (nine medals, three golds) finished second and third in the medal table respectively. Athletes from 13 of the 30 participating NOCs won at least one medal; athletes from eight countries won at least one gold. Of the 13 NOCs which won medals, 10 won more than one.[4] Germany made their return to the Olympics after being barred from both the 1948 Winter and Summer Games for their involvement in World War II.[6] As a result of the war, Germany had been divided into two nations, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), and the German Democratic Republic. Only the FRG competed at these Games, where they won both the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events by taking advantage of a not-yet implemented rule by the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing that imposed a weight limit on bobsleigh teams.[7]

Dick Button of the United States successfully defended the Olympic title he won in St. Moritz for men's singles figure skating, in the process becoming the first skater to be unanimously ranked first by judges in every round of an Olympic competition.[8] Finland's Lydia Wideman won the first gold medal awarded in women's cross-country skiing, with Mirja Hietamies and Siiri Rantanen completing an all-Finnish podium in the event. Finland won three of the four golds and eight of the twelve medals on offer in the sport.[9] Hjalmar Andersen was the most successful athlete at the Games, winning three gold medals in speed skating. In two of the three events he won, the 5000 m and 10000 m, he set new Olympic records[10] and won by the largest margins in those events' Olympic history:[3] 11 seconds in the 5000 m[11] and nearly 25 seconds in the 10000 m.[12] Mirl Buchner of Germany also won three medals at the Games, with one silver and two bronzes won in alpine skiing. A total of 18 athletes won more than one medal at the Games. However, only four of them won more than one gold medal: Andersen; Andrea Mead Lawrence of the United States; and Lorenz Nieberl and Andreas Ostler of Germany.[4]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's downhill[13]
details
 Zeno Colò
Italy (ITA)
 Othmar Schneider
Austria (AUT)
 Christian Pravda
Austria (AUT)
Women's downhill[14]
details
 Trude Jochum-Beiser
Austria (AUT)
 Annemarie Buchner
Germany (GER)
 Giuliana Minuzzo
Italy (ITA)
Men's giant slalom[15]
details
 Stein Eriksen
Norway (NOR)
 Christian Pravda
Austria (AUT)
 Toni Spiß
Austria (AUT)
Women's giant slalom[16]
details
 Andrea Mead Lawrence
United States (USA)
 Dagmar Rom
Austria (AUT)
 Annemarie Buchner
Germany (GER)
Men's slalom[17]
details
 Othmar Schneider
Austria (AUT)
 Stein Eriksen
Norway (NOR)
 Guttorm Berge
Norway (NOR)
Women's slalom[18]
details
 Andrea Mead Lawrence
United States (USA)
 Ossi Reichert
Germany (GER)
 Annemarie Buchner
Germany (GER)

Bobsleigh[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Two-man
details
 Germany (GER)[19]
Germany I
Andreas Ostler
Lorenz Nieberl
 United States (USA)[20]
USA I
Stanley Benham
Patrick Martin
 Switzerland (SUI)[21]
Switzerland I
Fritz Feierabend
Stephan Waser
Four-man
details
 Germany (GER)[19]
Germany I
Andreas Ostler
Friedrich Kuhn
Lorenz Nieberl
Franz Kemser
 United States (USA)[20]
USA I
Stanley Benham
Patrick Martin
Howard Crossett
James Atkinson
 Switzerland (SUI)[21]
Switzerland I
Fritz Feierabend
Albert Madörin
André Filippini
Stephan Waser

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Heikki Hasu was part of Finland's gold medal-winning cross-country relay team at the 1952 Winter Olympics. Hasu also won a silver medal at the same Games in Nordic combined.
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Women's 10 km[22]
details
 Lydia Wideman
Finland (FIN)
 Mirja Hietamies
Finland (FIN)
 Siiri Rantanen
Finland (FIN)
Men's 18 km[23]
details
 Hallgeir Brenden
Norway (NOR)
 Tapio Mäkelä
Finland (FIN)
 Paavo Lonkila
Finland (FIN)
Men's 50 km[24]
details
 Veikko Hakulinen
Finland (FIN)
 Eero Kolehmainen
Finland (FIN)
 Magnar Estenstad
Norway (NOR)
Men's 4×10 km relay
details
 Finland (FIN)[25]
Heikki Hasu
Paavo Lonkila
Urpo Korhonen
Tapio Mäkelä
 Norway (NOR)[26]
Magnar Estenstad
Mikal Kirkholt
Martin Stokken
Hallgeir Brenden
 Sweden (SWE)[27]
Nils Täpp
Sigurd Andersson
Enar Josefsson
Martin Lundström

Figure skating[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles[28]
details
 Dick Button
United States (USA)
 Helmut Seibt
Austria (AUT)
 James Grogan
United States (USA)
Ladies' singles[29]
details
 Jeannette Altwegg
Great Britain (GBR)
 Tenley Albright
United States (USA)
 Jacqueline du Bief
France (FRA)
Pairs
details
 Germany (GER)[30]
Ria Falk
Paul Falk
 United States (USA)[31]
Karol Kennedy
Peter Kennedy
 Hungary (HUN)[32]
Marianna Nagy
László Nagy

Ice hockey[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's team
details
 Canada (CAN)[33]
Eric Paterson
Ralph Hansch
John Davies
Don Gauf
Robert Meyers
Thomas Pollock
Al Purvis
Billy Gibson
David Miller
George Abel
Billy Dawe
Robert Dickson
Gordon Robertson
Louis Secco
Francis Sullivan
Robert Watt
 United States (USA)[34]
Alfred Van Allen
André Gambucci
Arnold Oss
Clifford Harrison
Donald Whiston
Gerald Kilmartin
James Sedin
John Mulhern
John Noah
Joseph Czarnota
Kenneth Yackel
Leonard Ceglarski
Richard Desmond
Robert Rompre
Ruben Bjorkman
 Sweden (SWE)[35]
Göte Almqvist
Hans Andersson
Stig Andersson
Åke Andersson
Lars Björn
Göte Blomqvist
Thord Flodqvist
Erik Johansson
Gösta Johansson
Rune Johansson
Sven "Tumba" Johansson
Åke Lassas
Holger Nurmela
Lars Pettersson
Lars Svensson
Sven Thunman
Hans Öberg

Nordic combined[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual[36]
details
 Simon Slåttvik
Norway (NOR)
 Heikki Hasu
Finland (FIN)
 Sverre Stenersen
Norway (NOR)

Ski jumping[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual[37]
details
 Arnfinn Bergmann
Norway (NOR)
 Torbjørn Falkanger
Norway (NOR)
 Karl Holmström
Sweden (SWE)

Speed skating[edit]

A colour photograph of a Scandinavian man in his eighties. He is seen wearing a red overcoat.
Hjalmar Andersen, the Norwegian speed skater who won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympics, pictured in October 2010
Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres[38]
details
 Ken Henry
United States (USA)
 Don McDermott
United States (USA)
 Gordon Audley
Canada (CAN)
 Arne Johansen
Norway (NOR)
1500 metres[39]
details
 Hjalmar Andersen
Norway (NOR)
 Wim van der Voort
Netherlands (NED)
 Roald Aas
Norway (NOR)
5000 metres[40]
details
 Hjalmar Andersen
Norway (NOR)
 Kees Broekman
Netherlands (NED)
 Sverre Haugli
Norway (NOR)
10000 metres[41]
details
 Hjalmar Andersen
Norway (NOR)
 Kees Broekman
Netherlands (NED)
 Carl-Erik Asplund
Sweden (SWE)

Multiple medallists[edit]

Athletes who won multiple medals at these Games are listed below by the number of medals won.[4]

Athlete Nation Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Andersen, HjalmarHjalmar Andersen Norway Speed skating 3 0 0 3
Buchner, AnnemarieAnnemarie Buchner Germany Alpine skiing 0 1 2 3
Mead Lawrence, AndreaAndrea Mead Lawrence United States Alpine skiing 2 0 0 2
Nieberl, LorenzLorenz Nieberl Germany Bobsleigh 2 0 0 2
Ostler, AndreasAndreas Ostler Germany Bobsleigh 2 0 0 2
Brenden, HallgeirHallgeir Brenden Norway Cross-country skiing 1 1 0 2
Eriksen, SteinStein Eriksen Norway Alpine skiing 1 1 0 2
Hasu, HeikkiHeikki Hasu Finland Cross-country skiing 1 1 0 2
Mäkelä, TapioTapio Mäkelä Finland Cross-country skiing 1 1 0 2
Schneider, OthmarOthmar Schneider Austria Alpine skiing 1 1 0 2
Lonkila, PaavoPaavo Lonkila Finland Cross-country skiing 1 0 1 2
Benham, StanleyStanley Benham United States Bobsleigh 0 2 0 2
Broekman, KeesKees Broekman Netherlands Speed skating 0 2 0 2
Martin, PatrickPatrick Martin United States Bobsleigh 0 2 0 2
Estenstad, MagnarMagnar Estenstad Norway Cross-country skiing 0 1 1 2
Pravda, ChristianChristian Pravda Austria Alpine skiing 0 1 1 2
Feierabend, FritzFritz Feierabend Switzerland Bobsleigh 0 0 2 2
Waser, StephanStephan Waser Switzerland Bobsleigh 0 0 2 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "Results and Medalists". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. 
  • Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games (1952). VI Olympic Winter Games (PDF) (in Norwegian and English). Oslo: The Organising Committee. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
Specific
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  5. ^ Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 75.
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  32. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Hungary Figure Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
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  37. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Ski Jumping at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games: Men's Normal Hill, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  38. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Speed Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games: Men's 500 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  39. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Speed Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games: Men's 1,500 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  40. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Speed Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games: Men's 5,000 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
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