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Figure Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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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.

Gold: GBR Jeannette Altwegg
Silver: USA Tenley Albright
Bronze: FRA Jacqueline du Bief

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TO TP RP
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
6 Suzi Morrow 21 Canada CAN 7×6+ 56.0 1,344.0 149.333
7 Barbara Wyatt 21 Great Britain GBR 7×7+ 63.0 1,335.4 148.379
8 Gundi Busch 16 Germany GER 6×8+ 75.0 1,316.6 146.289
9 Marlene Smith 20 Canada CAN 5×9+ 92.0 1,289.6 143.289
10 Erika Kraft 20 Germany GER 5×10+ 89.0 1,293.9 143.767
11 Valda Osborn 17 Great Britain GBR 8×11+ 89.0 1,302.9 144.767
12 Helga Dudzinski 22 Germany GER 7×12+ 103.0 1,284.9 142.767
13 Vera Smith 19 Canada CAN 6×13+ 117.0 1,244.0 138.222
14 Nancy Burley 21 Australia AUS 6×15+ 135.0 1,220.7 135.633
15 Susi Wirz 20 Switzerland SUI 6×16+ 136.0 1,220.2 135.578
16 Annelies Schilhan 15 Austria AUT 6×16+ 140.0 1,212.7 134.744
17 Patricia Devries 21 Great Britain GBR 7×17+ 148.0 1,195.3 132.811
18 Yolande Jobin 21 Switzerland SUI 5×17+ 151.0 1,192.3 132.478
19 Sissy Schwarz 15 Austria AUT 7×20+ 178.0 1,141.9 126.878
20 Leena Pietilä 26 Finland FIN 5×20+ 185.0 1,122.6 124.733
21 Gweneth Molony 19 Australia AUS 6×21+ 190.0 1,119.1 124.344
22 Lidy Stoppelman 18 Netherlands NED 8×22+ 193.0 1,111.9 123.544
23 Eszter Jurek 15 Hungary HUN 8×23+ 199.0 1,093.3 121.478
24 Ingeborg Nilsson 27 Norway NOR 9×24+ 215.0 1,019.9 113.322
AC Bjørg Løhnner Øien 23 Norway NOR DNF