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VI Olympic Winter Games
VI Olympic Winter Games

The emblem is a circle with the Olympic rings
and the New Oslo Town Hall in the centre.
Bordering the circle are the words,
"DE VI. OLYMPISKE VINTERLEKER OSLO 1952".
Host city Oslo, Norway
Nations participating 30
Athletes participating 694
(585 men, 109 women)
Events 22 in 6 sports
Opening ceremony February 14
Closing ceremony February 25
Officially opened by Princess Ragnhild
Athlete's Oath Torbjørn Falkanger
Olympic Torch Eigil Nansen
Stadium Bislett stadion

The 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1952 in Oslo, Norway.

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Host City Selection

Oslo had two other candidate cities going against it for the 1952 Winter Olympics. The vote took place at the 40th IOC Session in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 21, 1947. The chart's information comes from the International Olympic Committee Vote History web page. Oslo was the first national capital city to host the Winter Olympics, and the only city that was a national capital at the time the Winter Olympics were held there (Sarajevo did not become a national capital until Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence in 1992, eight years after Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics). Most of all, these Winter Olympics was the first to be contested by having the International Olympic Committee members to cast their ballots for their favorite choice.

1952 Winter Olympics Bidding Results
City NOC Name Round 1
Oslo  Norway 18
Cortina d'Ampezzo  Italy 9
Lake Placid, New York  United States 1

Highlights

  • In the speedskating Hjalmar Andersen of Norway won 3 gold medals in the 1,500 m, the 5,000 m and the 10,000 m.
  • In the alpine skiing the winner of the downhill was the Italian Zeno Colò in a time of 2:30.80 and in the slalom event Othmar Schneider was the champion with Antoin Miliordos falling 18 times before finishing his run, as he went over the line backwards.
  • Bandy was a demonstration sport but has so far never returned to the Olympics.
  • In alpine skiing, American Andrea Mead Lawrence won two gold medals in slalom and giant slalom. She was the first woman to achieve this feat as well as the first American, male or female, to win double golds in a single Olympics.

Medal winners

The jersey of Canada's Edmonton Mercurys, the ice hockey gold medal winners

See the medal winners ordered by sport:

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Demonstration sport

Venues

Participating nations

A total of 30 nations sent athletes to compete at these Games, which was the highest number to that date. New Zealand and Portugal participated at the Winter Olympic Games for the first time. Australia, Germany (of the three contemporary German states, only West Germany sent athletes), and Japan returned, after having missed the 1948 Winter Olympics. South Korea, Liechtenstein, and Turkey did not participate in 1952, after having competed in 1948.

Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1952 Winter Games.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway (host nation) 7 3 6 16
2 United States 4 6 1 11
3 Finland 3 4 2 9
4 Germany 3 2 2 7
5 Austria 2 4 2 8
6 Canada 1 0 1 2
Italy 1 0 1 2
8 Great Britain 1 0 0 1
9 Netherlands 0 3 0 3
10 Sweden 0 0 4 4

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Preceded by
St. Moritz
Winter Olympics
Oslo

IV Olympic Winter Games (1952)
Succeeded by
Cortina D'Ampezzo

Simple English

The 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VI Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in 1952 in Oslo, Norway.

Participating nations

A total of 30 nations sent athletes to compete at these Games, which was the highest number to that date. This was the first time New Zealand and Portugal participated in the Winter Olympic Games. Australia, Germany, and Japan returned, after having missed the 1948 Winter Olympics. Korea, Liechtenstein, and Turkey did not participate in 1952, after having competed in 1948.

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Olympic Games
Summer Games: 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, (1916), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028
Winter Games: 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Athens 2004Turin 2006Beijing 2008Vancouver 2010London 2012Sochi 2014Rio 2016

Games in italics will be held in the future, and those in (brackets) were cancelled because of war. See also: Ancient Olympic Games

Youth Olympic Games
Summer Games:2010, 2014, 2018
Winter Games:2012, 2016
Singapore 2010Innsbruck 2012Nanjing 2014

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