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1952 Vinter-OL Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in Culture, Norway and the world

1952 Winter Olympics.  As you all know, Vinter-OL are in full swing!  Jeg elsker å se på OL, både sommer og vinter (I love to watch the Olypics, both summer and winter).  I would really love if they occurred annually, but I suppose that would be mye arbeid (a lot of work) and veldig dyrt (very expensive), not to mention take a lot of the excitement and hype out of the whole event.  Norway has hosted the Vinter-OL twice, once in Oslo in 1952 and once in Lillehammer in 1994.

The decision to grant the city of Oslo the privilege of hosting the 1952 Vinter-OL was made public 5 years prior in Stockholm, Sweden.  Oslo won over two other cities, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy and Lake Placid, New York.  Oslo was the first capital city of a nation to host Vinter-OL30 land (30 countries) participated in these winter games, totaling 694 participants (very male-heavy with 585 men and 109 women).   Amerikaner (American) Andrea Mead Lawrence vant 2 gullmedaljer (won 2 gold medals) in slalåm (slalom) and  storslalåm (giant slalom); she was the first Amerikaner and the first female to have ever won 2 gullmedaljer in a single Olympics.  Norwegian Hjalmar Andersen won 3 gullmedaljer in hurtigløp (speed skating).

The following is a list of all the events at the 1952 Vinter-OL:

alpinski or alpint(alpine skiing)

kunstløp (figure skating)

ishockey (ice hockey)

langrennski (nordic)

hopp (jumping), kombinert (combined)

hurtigløp (speed skating)

and –bob (bobsleigh)

Definitely no snøbrett (snowboarding) yet.

Bandy was a demonstration sport, similar to football on ice, which has never evolved into an Olympic sport.

Møtestedene (the venues) that were used included Holmenkollen, Lillestrøm stadion, Frognerseteren, Bislett stadion, og Norefjell.

Here is a picture of the emblem of the 1952 Vinter-OL in Oslo.  It is an image of the new Oslo town hall.

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About the Author: kari

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!