DateFebruary 14 - February 25
Oslo 1952
Oslo 1952 Official Film | The VI Olympic Winter Games, Oslo 1952
Oslo 1952 Figure Skating Men Individual
Oslo 1952

About the Games

Home of Skiing

In 1952, the Games finally came to Norway, the birthplace of modern skiing. A symbolic flame was lit in the hearth of the home of Sondre Nordheim, who had done much to popularise the sport, and relayed by 94 skiers to Oslo.

Norwegian Champions

Speed skater Hjalmar Andersen won three gold medals. His winning margins in the 5,000m and the 10,000m were the largest in Olympic history. In front of over 115,000 spectators, Arnfinn Bergmann won the ski jump competition on the mythical Holmenkollen hill. His compatriot Torbjorn Falkanger claimed silver.

Technological Progress

Computers were used for the first time in figure skating to calculate the scores awarded by the different judges for the compulsory and free programmes. This enabled an athlete’s score to be given immediately.

Going for Glory

American figure skater Richard “Dick” Button only needed to perform a safe programme to retain his Olympic title. Instead, he chose to attempt a triple loop, even though no skater had ever performed it in competition. He landed his innovative jump perfectly, the nine judges awarded him top marks, and he claimed his second gold medal.


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The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.