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Alpine Skiing at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): , Norefjell
Date Started: February 15, 1952
Date Finished: February 15, 1952

Gold: NOR Stein Eriksen
Silver: AUT Christian Pravda
Bronze: AUT Toni Spiß

Summary

This was the first men’s Olympic giant slalom. In 1952 the event for men was contested as a single run, and it would remain so through 1964, changing to two runs in 1968. This was the first men’s Alpine event at the Oslo Olympics, and the favorite was Italy’s Zeno Colò, who was the 1950 World Champion in this event and had also won the downhill in that competition. But the somewhat surprise winner was Stein Eriksen, whose best finish at the 1950 Worlds was a fourth in the slalom, Colò placing fourth in Oslo. Eriksen would later win a silver medal in the slalom and in 1954, would become Alpine skiing’s first superstar when he won three gold medals at the World Championships. Handsome and sophisticated, he would later settle in the United States, where he helped start and represented several ski resorts, ending up at Deer Valley in Utah. His gold in this event was the first ever in Alpine skiing by a skier from a non-Alpine country. Colò would win a gold medal in the downhill the day after the giant slalom. Christian Pravda, winner of the 1951 Hahnenkamm downhill, placed second behind Eriksen, and would win a bronze medal behind Colò in the downhill.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Stein Eriksen 24 Norway NOR Gold 2:25.0
2 Christian Pravda 24 Austria AUT Silver 2:26.9
3 Toni Spiß 21 Austria AUT Bronze 2:28.8
4 Zeno Colò 31 Italy ITA 2:29.1
5 Georges Schneider 26 Switzerland SUI 2:31.2
6T Stig Sollander 25 Sweden SWE 2:32.6
6T Brooks Dodge, Jr. 22 United States USA 2:32.6
8 Bernhard Perren 23 Switzerland SUI 2:33.1
9 Hans Senger 26 Austria AUT 2:33.6
10 Gunnar Hjeltnes 29 Norway NOR 2:33.7
11 Fernand Grosjean 27 Switzerland SUI 2:33.8
12 Fred Rubi 25 Switzerland SUI 2:34.0
13 Guttorm Berge 22 Norway NOR 2:34.5
14 James Couttet 30 France FRA 2:34.9
15 Guy de Huertas 26 France FRA 2:35.1
16 Henri Oreiller 26 France FRA 2:35.3
17 Peppi Schwaiger 21 Germany GER 2:35.4
18 Carlo Gartner 29 Italy ITA 2:35.7
19 Alf Opheim 31 Norway NOR 2:35.9
20 Chiharu Igaya 20 Japan JPN 2:36.1
21 Åke Nilsson 24 Sweden SWE 2:37.0
22 Silvio Alverà 30 Italy ITA 2:37.7
23 Maurice Sanglard 24 France FRA 2:38.0
24T Jack Reddish 25 United States USA 2:39.5
24T Roberto Lacedelli 32 Italy ITA 2:39.5
26 Hisashi Mizugami 26 Japan JPN 2:40.9
27 Tine Mulej 31 Yugoslavia YUG 2:41.3
28 Beni Obermüller 21 Germany GER 2:41.4
29 Jack Nagel 26 United States USA 2:42.0
30 Sixten Isberg 31 Sweden SWE 2:42.3
31 Pentti Alonen 26 Finland FIN 2:45.1
32 Willi Klein 24 Germany GER 2:46.2
33 Janko Štefe 29 Yugoslavia YUG 2:47.5
34 Robert Richardson 24 Canada CAN 2:48.2
35 David Lawrence 21 United States USA 2:48.6
36 André Bertrand 20 Canada CAN 2:49.3
37 Jack Griffin 22 Canada CAN 2:49.9
38 Stefan Dziedzic 24 Poland POL 2:50.3
39 Jan Płonka 31 Poland POL 2:51.5
40 Francisco Viladomat 20 Spain ESP 2:51.6
41 Andrzej Gąsienica Roj 21 Poland POL 2:52.2
42 Eino Kalpala 25 Finland FIN 2:52.3
43 John Boyagis 24 Great Britain GBR 2:52.5
44 Niilo Juvonen 23 Finland FIN 2:52.8
45 Mihai Bîră, Sr. 22 Romania ROU 2:53.0
46 Gordon Morrison 20 Canada CAN 2:54.2
47 Pepi Erben 24 Germany GER 2:55.0
48 Józef Marusarz 26 Poland POL 2:55.5
49T Pablo Rosenkjer 21 Argentina ARG 2:55.9
49T John Fredriksson 28 Sweden SWE 2:55.9
51 Haukur Sigurðsson 21 Iceland ISL 2:57.0
52 Dick Pappenheim 22 Netherlands NED 2:57.6
53 Georgi Dimitrov 21 Bulgaria BUL 2:59.5
54 Radu Scîrneci 25 Romania ROU 3:00.1
55 Pekka Alonen 23 Finland FIN 3:00.2
56 Luis de Ridder 23 Argentina ARG 3:00.9
57T Luis Arias 21 Spain ESP 3:01.5
57T Jón Karl Sigurðsson 19 Iceland ISL 3:01.5
59 Dumitru Sulică 30 Romania ROU 3:01.7
60 Juan Poll 24 Spain ESP 3:03.5
61 Otto Jung 21 Argentina ARG 3:03.7
62 Luis Molné 25 Spain ESP 3:04.9
63 Ásgeir Eyjólfsson 22 Iceland ISL 3:06.4
64 Ştefan Ghiţă 25 Romania ROU 3:06.7
65 Georgi Mitrov 19 Bulgaria BUL 3:07.4
66 Gino de Pellegrín 25 Argentina ARG 3:09.5
67 Bill Day 18 Australia AUS 3:10.5
68 Stefán Kristjánsson 27 Iceland ISL 3:12.5
69 Michel Feron 28 Belgium BEL 3:14.0
70 Peter Pappenheim 25 Netherlands NED 3:15.1
71 Rupert de Larrinaga 23 Great Britain GBR 3:16.9
72 Dimitar Drazhev 27 Bulgaria BUL 3:17.6
73 Denis Feron 23 Belgium BEL 3:19.2
74 Noel Harrison 18 Great Britain GBR 3:24.1
75 Eduardo Silva 23 Chile CHI 3:25.6
76 Jaime Errázuriz 28 Chile CHI 3:30.3
77 Herbert Familton 23 New Zealand NZL 3:31.7
78 Bob Arnott 29 Australia AUS 3:38.4
79 József Piroska 21 Hungary HUN 3:39.3
80 Barry Patten 24 Australia AUS 3:41.1
81 Bill Hunt 22 New Zealand NZL 3:51.6
82 Ibrahim Geagea 27 Lebanon LIB 3:52.8
AC Egon Schöpf 26 Austria AUT DQ