1952 Winter Olympics

The VI. Winter Olympics 1952 in Oslo, Norway, discharged. Other candidate cities were Cortina d' Ampezzo, Italy, and Lake Placid, United States.

First Winter Olympic Games were held in a Nordic country. It was perfectly organized games and with 500,000 viewers and a financial success. One problem turned out to be the weather. There was but little snow, so the alpine slopes had to be artificially prepared.

  • 4.1 Oslo
  • 4.2 Lillestrøm

Outstanding athletes

  • Hjalmar Andersen from Norway won three gold medals in speed skating.
  • Richard Button from the United States showed the first triple jump in figure skating.

Worth mentioning

  • For the first time after the Second World War took part in the Olympic Games again German athlete participates, which were welcomed in the formerly occupied Norway. The Saarland did not send his own team that provided by the IOC all-German team was not accepted by GDR officials.
  • The Olympic flame was lit in Morgedal in the birthplace of Sondre Nordheim, the " inventor of the ski binding " by Olav Bjaaland and brought 97 skiers to Oslo.
  • In alpine skiing, the combinations for men and women were replaced by the giant slalom.
  • For women, there was first a Nordic competition, cross-country skiing over 10 kilometers.


  • Bob
  • Hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Speed ​​Skating
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic skiing

Demonstration competitions

  • Bandy

Competition venues

All competitions (except Hockey ) took place in Oslo. The hockey competitions took place in about 20 kilometers east of Oslo remote Lillestrøm Lillestrøm in the stadium.


  • Bislett Stadium - Speed ​​Skating
  • Frognerseteren - Bob
  • Holmenkollen - cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined
  • Norefjel - Alpine Skiing


  • Lillestrøm Stadium - Hockey

Participating nations

A total of 30 nations sent athletes to the competitions of the Olympic Games, at that time the highest ever number of participating States. Athletes from New Zealand and Portugal began participating in the Olympic Winter Games. Australia, Germany (of the then existing three German states (Germany, East Germany and Saarland) took only Athletes of the Federal Republic of Germany in the games ) and Japan after the Winter Olympics in 1948 for the first time here. South Korea, Liechtenstein and Turkey posted to their participation in the Games of 1948 No athletes to Norway.

  • Argentina Argentina
  • Australia Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria 1946 Bulgaria
  • Chile Chile
  • Denmark Denmark
  • Germany Federal Republic of Germany
  • Finland Finland
  • France France
  • Iceland Iceland
  • Italy Italy
  • Japan Japan
  • Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Canada 1921 Canada
  • Lebanon Lebanon
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • Netherlands The Netherlands
  • Norway Norway
  • Austria Austria
  • Poland Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania 1948 Romania
  • Sweden Sweden
  • Switzerland Switzerland
  • Spain 1945 Spain
  • Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
  • Hungary 1949 Hungary
  • United States 48 United States
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom