Olympic Games in 1952

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Almost 140 000 spectators in Holmenkollen in 1952

Holmenkollen was once again the centre of attention during the 1952 Winter Olympics, with 101,400 paying spectators at the ski jumping. A further 30,000-40,000 spectators stood packed together on a free hillside. This was an Olympic record for spectators.

1952: Ski party in Olympic clothing
Hallgeir Brenden came in to win Olympic gold 34 seconds after Simon Slåttvik had crossed the finishing line as winner.
This strange outcome became reality because the combined race and specialists started out on the same 18 kilometres in the 1952 Olympics in Oslo. Slåttvik had start number 33 and Brenden, starting at 43, needed to make up only 34 seconds on his fellow gold medallist. The two heroes performed a victory dance in the shower.
They were celebrating four golds in fact. During the period from 1952 to 1980, medal winners in the ski events received both Olympic medals and FIS medals for the same event. The Olympics were also world championship events.
But the 1952 games were about much more than just the 18 kilometres. Arfinn Bergmann took gold in ski jumping, beating the favourite Thorbjørn Falkanger. Stein Eriksen was the hero of Norefjell’s alpine slopes, taking gold in giant slalom and silver in slalom.
And we shouldn’t forget fine performances by foreign competitors, such as Veikko Hakulinen’s 50 kilometre victory in a time of 3.33.33 and a Finnish relay win without Hakulinen, but with combined racer Heikki Hausu on the team.
Lydia Wideman of Finland made history when the women cross country skiers finally joined the games and she won Olympics, World Championship and Holmenkollen simultaneously with the first ever 10 kilometres. Five out of six alpine skiing golds went abroad.


Results 1952

Ski jump
1 BERGMANN A. NOR
2 FALKANGER T. NOR
3 HOLMSTRöM K. SWE
4 BRUTSCHER Toni GER
5 NAES H. NOR
6 HOEL A. NOR

Nordic combined
1 SLATTVIK S. NOR
2 HASU H. FIN
3 STENERSEN S. NOR
4 KORHONEN P. FIN
5 GJELTEN P. NOR
6 GJERMUNDSHAUG O. NOR

Cross country, 18 km men
1 BRENDEN Hallgeir NOR
2 MÄKELÄ Tapio FIN
3 LONKILA Paavo FIN
4 HASU Heikki FIN
5 KARLSSON Nils SWE
6 STOKKEN Martin NOR

Cross country, 50 km men
1 HAKULINEN Veikko FIN
2 KOLEHMAINEN Eero FIN
3 ESTENSTAD Magnar NOR
4 ÖKERN Olav NOR
5 MONONEN Kalevi FIN
6 KARLSSON Nils SWE

Cross country, 10 km ladies
1 WIDEMAN Lydia FIN
2 HIETAMIES Mirja FIN
3 RANTANEN Siri FIN
4 NORBERG MÄrta SWE
5 POLKUNEN Sirkka FIN
6 WAHL Rakel NOR