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Cross Country Skiing at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Holmenkollen Cross Country Centre, Oslo
Date Started: February 23, 1952
Date Finished: February 23, 1952

Gold: FIN Lydia Wideman
Silver: FIN Mirja Hietamies
Bronze: FIN Siiri Rantanen

Summary

For the first time a cross country skiing event for women was on the Olympic program. In fact, women’s cross-country skiing had not yet been held at the FIS World Championships program. The host nation Norway was the only nation voting against the proposal to include the event for the Oslo Games. Finland was considered to be the leading nation in the absence of the Soviet Union, as they had already organized national championships for several years. Their best female skier, Tyyne Wideman, national champion in 1949, 1950 and 1951, decided to end her career after the 1951 season. Her twin sister Lydia Wideman, Finnish champion 1952 and newly engaged, had to be strongly persuaded to travel to the Oslo games.

Halfway 31-year-old Lydia Wideman, starting early as number six, had built up a solid lead, a minute ahead of her teammate, Mirja Hietamies, who was 10-years younger. The Swedish medal hope Märta Nordberg shared third place with Sirkka Polkunen, 10 seconds behind Hietamis, and the fourth Finn, Siiri Rantanen, was another five seconds behind in fifth position. The rest of the field was well behind those five. Wideman held on to her lead at the finish, and in a close battle for silver and bronze, Hietamis was able to hold off the fast finishing Rantanen behind her. Nordberg was not able to fulfill her hopes of a medal, beaten by Rantanen by only three seconds at the finish. The 10 km. race in Oslo was Lydia Wideman’s last race in her skiing career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Lydia Wideman 31 Finland FIN Gold 41:40 23:00 1
2 Mirja Hietamies 21 Finland FIN Silver 42:39 24:00 2
3 Siiri Rantanen 27 Finland FIN Bronze 42:50 24:15 5
4 Märta Norberg 29 Sweden SWE 42:53 24:10 =3
5 Sirkka Polkunen 24 Finland FIN 43:07 24:10 =3
6 Rakel Wahl 30 Norway NOR 44:54 25:20 7
7 Marit Øiseth 23 Norway NOR 45:04 25:40 10
8 Margit Albrechtsson 34 Sweden SWE 45:05 25:05 6
9 Eivor Alm 27 Sweden SWE 45:20 25:30 8
10 Gina Regland-Sigstad 24 Norway NOR 45:37 25:35 9
11 Sonja Edström-Ruthström 21 Sweden SWE 45:41 25:45 11
12 Jorun Askersrud Tangen 22 Norway NOR 47:45 26:50 12
13 Hanni Gehring 25 Germany GER 50:39 28:10 13
14 Nada Birko-Kustec 21 Yugoslavia YUG 50:44 28:30 14
15 Josette Baisse 27 France FRA 51:43 28:45 15
16 Angela Kordež 25 Yugoslavia YUG 52:33 28:55 16
17 Fides Romanin 17 Italy ITA 54:43 31:00 18
18 Michèle Angirany 26 France FRA 54:56 30:30 17
AC Ildegarda Taffra 17 Italy ITA DNF
AC Lizzy Kladensky 26 Austria AUT DNF