Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Bislett Stadium, Oslo; Jordal Stadium, Oslo
Date Started: February 16, 1952
Date Finished: February 20, 1952
Format: Each judge ranked each skater 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 skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater 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.
|Bronze:||Jacqueline du Bief|
After her bronze medal in 1948, Jeanne Altwegg trained hard and in 1951 she could climb to the top of the rostrum in both the European and World Championships. Her closest opponent on the European scene was Jacqueline du Bief of France, who unlike Altwegg, an excellent compulsory figure skater, had her strength in the free skating. Two weeks before the Olympics Altwegg defended her European title in Vienna with du Bief placing second. US medal hopes were on the newly crowned national champion, 16 year old Tenley Albright from Boston.
Altwegg took a commanding lead after the compulsory figures with US skaters Albright and Sonya Klopfer lying second and third. Du Bief was in 4th place and, and considered out of the fight for the gold medal. In the free skating, Altwegg secured the gold medal. The heroine by the crowd was Du Bief. The girl from Paris skated an excellent free program, passed Klopfer and came very close to depriving Albright of her silver medal. The third US skater, Ginny Baxter, was even better in the free skating, and could climb from 8th to 5th place in the overall standing.
One week later, at the World Championships in Paris, Jacqueline Du Bief had a sort of revenge. But Altwegg had already finished her figure skating career, and Albright had to withdraw after the compulsory figures due to illness. In a controversial competition, Du Bief fell twice during her free program, but in spite of that she won her first and only World title ahead of the US skaters Klopfer and Baxter.
|1||Jeannette Altwegg||21||Great Britain||GBR||Gold||6×1+||14.0||1,455.8||161.756|
|2||Tenley Albright||16||United States||USA||Silver||5×2+||22.0||1,432.2||159.133|
|3||Jacqueline du Bief||21||France||FRA||Bronze||7×3+||24.0||1,422.0||158.000|
|4||Sonya Klopfer||17||United States||USA||6×4+||36.0||1,391.7||154.633|
|5||Ginny Baxter||19||United States||USA||5×5+||50.0||1,369.9||152.211|
|7||Barbara Wyatt||21||Great Britain||GBR||7×7+||63.0||1,335.4||148.379|
|11||Valda Osborn||17||Great Britain||GBR||8×11+||89.0||1,302.9||144.767|
|17||Patricia Devries||21||Great Britain||GBR||7×17+||148.0||1,195.3||132.811|
|AC||Bjørg Løhnner Øien||23||Norway||NOR||DNF|