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Event

1952 Wintergames Oslo (Norway)

1952 Wintergames Oslo (Norway)

Year:1952
Type of game:Wintergames
City:Oslo
Country:Norway Norway
      

Date and place

6th Winter Olympic Games Oslo 1952, February 14 to 25

Statistics

Number of participants: 694 (585 men and 109 women)

Total numer of spectators: 541,407

Olympic Oath: Torbjorn Falkanger (Norway, ski jumping)

Olympic flame: Eigil Nansen (Norway, grandson of the famous explorer Fridtjof Nansen)

Participating countries: 30
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Czechoslovakia, United States, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland

For the first time the Olympic flame was not lit in the "ancient" Greek Olympia, but in Morgedal, the birthplace of the first major Norwegian skier Sondre Nordheim (1825-1897). This ceremony took place on February 13, 1952, at ten o'clock. The torch was lit in the hearth of the house where Sondre Nord Heims was born. The opening of the Winter Olympics started two days later exactly at the same time. Meanwhile, on February 14 already the giant slalom for the women was finished and the heats in the two-man bobsleigh.

Accomodations

Nordic combined at the ski stadium of Holmenkollbakken (spectator capacity: 120.000, critical point: 63.5 m), alpine skiing in Norway Norjefill in the Mountains (slopes, elevation: 710 m Men, women 340 m, giant slalom: Men 500 m, Women 400 m) and in the mountains of Rodkleiva Frog Fasteners Eater (slalom slopes, altitude: 169 m men and women), figure skating and speed skating in the Bislet Stadium (capacity crowd: 30,000, natural ice, the ice rink length: 400 m), bobsleigh on natural track in the mountains of Frog Fasteners Eater (Length: 1500 m, 14 turns, spectator capacity: 10,000), ice hockey in the Jordal Amfi-stadium (spectator capacity: 11,000)