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Nordic Combined at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Holmenkoll Ski Jumping Hill, Oslo; Holmenkollen Cross Country Centre, Oslo
Date Started: February 17, 1952
Date Finished: February 18, 1952
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 18 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: NOR Simon Slåttvik
Silver: FIN Heikki Hasu
Bronze: NOR Sverre Stenersen

Summary

The Olympic Champion from 1948, Heikki Hasu, won another gold medal at the World Championships in Lake Placid in 1950, but this time things went better for the Norwegians: Ottar Gjermundshaug placed 2nd and Simon Slåttvik 3rd, the other Norwegians placing 4th and 6th. Slåttvik had emerged as Hasu’s closest rival, winning the prestigious Holmenkollen Nordic Combined both in 1950 and 1951 and beating Hasu on both occations. In 1950 is was a very close contest, but in 1951 Hasu fell in two of his three jumps and was out of contention for the victory. Slåttvik had now moved from his birthplace in Nordland to Lillehammer, which made it much easier for him to train and participate in important competitions.

At the Olympic Games in Oslo, the schedule of events for the Nordic Combined had changed. For the first time the ski jumping was the first part of the competition, and the 18 km cross country part was scheduled the day after, and as usual combined with the specialist’s race.

The audience of almost 30 000 held their breath when home favorite Slåttvik fell in his first jump measuring 67.5 m, the longest in the first round. The two best jumps of three counted, and the pressure was on Slåttvik. He produced two excellent jumps in superb style and ended as winner of the jumping event, 0.5 point better than his countryman Sverre Stenersen, a 25 year old newcomer to the team and like Slåttvik also from the northern part of Norway. Stenersen had the longest jump of the day, jumping 69.5 m in the 3rd round. Hasu, however, jumped better than expected and placed 5th in the event. He had to beat Slåttvik with 4.32 minutes in the cross country, and that was considered quite possible since Hasu was an excellent cross country skier, a medal candidate among the specialist.

Hasu again made an excellent 18 km, missing the bronze medal among the specialist with only 4 seconds and beating his closest rival among the Nordic Combined participants, his countryman Paavo Korhonen, with over 3 minutes. Slåttvik, however, made his best cross country competition ever. With massive support from an enthusiastic home crowd, he crossed the finish line with a time only 3.16 behind Hasu, placing 3rd in the cross country and winning the Olympic gold with a clear margin. Stenersen was able to keep ahead of Korhonen and secured the bronze, even if he was beaten by Hasu with over 7 minutes.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Simon Slåttvik 34 Norway NOR Gold 451.621
2 Heikki Hasu 25 Finland FIN Silver 447.500
3 Sverre Stenersen 25 Norway NOR Bronze 436.335
4 Paavo Korhonen 23 Finland FIN 434.727
5 Per Gjelten 24 Norway NOR 432.848
6 Ottar Gjermundshaug 27 Norway NOR 432.121
7 Aulis Sipponen 23 Finland FIN 425.227
8 Eeti Nieminen 24 Finland FIN 424.181
9 Hans Eder 24 Austria AUT 420.575
10 Alfons Supersaxo 25 Switzerland SUI 415.196
11 Theodore Farwell, Jr. 21 United States USA 401.454
12 Alfredo Prucker 25 Italy ITA 397.970
13 Erik Elmsäter 32 Sweden SWE 397.667
14 Ryoichi Fujisawa 24 Japan JPN 396.333
15 Heinz Hauser 31 Germany GER 393.136
16 Vlastimil Melich 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 390.818
17 Lars-Erik Efverström 26 Sweden SWE 389.667
18 Leopold Kohl 21 Austria AUT 383.348
19 Cornel Nicolae Crăciun 26 Romania ROU 376.621
20 Sepp Schiffner 21 Austria AUT 371.530
21 Tom Jacobs 25 United States USA 367.439
22 John Caldwell 23 United States USA 301.773
AC Paul Wegeman 24 United States USA DNF
AC Helmut Böck 21 Germany GER DNF
AC Peter Radacher 21 Austria AUT DNF