Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Bislett Stadium, Oslo
Date Started: February 22, 1952
Date Finished: February 22, 1952
Format: Each judge ranked each pair by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the pairs, with the tiebreaker being Sporting Merit (2nd mark). Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a pair were ranked first by a majority of the judges, that pair was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.
[Karol] and [Peter Kennedy] emerged the leading figure skating couple after the 1948 Games, winning the US Championships 5 times in a row (1948-1952) and the World title in 1950. In 1951 Germany was again invited to take part internationally, and their leading couple, [Ria Baran] and [Peter Falk], German Champions since 1947, had immediate success, winning the European title in 1951 and 1952 and the World title in 1951 in a close battle with the Kennedys. Ria and Peter married in 1951. They were also World and European champions in roller figure skating.
Ria and Peter Falk was favored for the gold medal in Oslo, and they did not disappoint their fans. This mature, elegant and creative pair was unbeaten as amateurs. At the Oslo Games Ria was 29 and Peter 30. They were the first pair showing side by side double jumps and the Lasso lift.
Karol and Peter Kennedy made a gallant try to threaten the German champions in Oslo. They started their program at a very high speed and impressed the audience at the initial stage of their program, but got problems on the last half and had to settle with the silver medal. Another sibling pair, [Marianna] and [László Nagy] of Hungary, European Champions in 1950, claimed the bronze medal.
At the World Championships in Paris one week later Ria and Peter Falk ended their amateur career in a convincing way with the clearest international victory of their career, before signing a contract with Holiday on Ice. The Kennedys had to be content with another silver medal. Paul Kennedy, apparently frustrated, assaulted a press photographer after their performance, and was suspended by both ISU and his national governing body. This incident ended the figure skating career of the colorful “Kennedy Kids”.