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Cross Country Skiing at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Date Started: February 18, 1952
Date Finished: February 18, 1952
Events: 4

Participants: 138 (118 men and 20 women) from 19 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Fides Romanin (17 years, 103 days)
Oldest Participant: NOR Olav Økern (40 years, 263 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 4 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): FIN Finland (8 medals)


The men’s schedule was the same as it had been in 1936 and 1948, with three events – 18 km, 50 km, and a relay. But the big news in Olympic cross-country skiing was that women competed for the first time, in a single 10 km race. Women had not yet competed at the World Championships, that début coming in 1954. When the FIS had voted on adding women’s cross-country to the Olympic program, the only dissenting vote came from the 1952 host country, Norway. In the 10 km, Finland’s women swept the medals, and the first 12 places went to Scandinavian women. Finland was the leading nation in 1952 Olympic cross-country skiing, winning three of the four gold medals, and 8 of 12 medals overall, from a possible 10.