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

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 Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker, 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 (Sarajevomarker did not become a national capital until Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker 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 Committeemarker members to cast their ballots for their favorite choice.

1952 Winter Olympics Bidding Results
City NOC Name Round 1
Oslomarker 18
Cortina d'Ampezzomarker 9
Lake Placid, New Yorkmarker 1


  • 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

See the medal winners ordered by sport:

Demonstration sport


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 Germanymarker 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.
1 (host nation) 7 3 6 16
2 4 6 1 11
3 3 4 2 9
4 3 2 2 7
5 2 4 2 8
6 1 0 1 2
1 0 1 2
8 1 0 0 1
9 0 3 0 3
10 0 0 4 4


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