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Figure Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Bislett Stadium, Oslo; Jordal Stadium, Oslo
Date Started: February 19, 1952
Date Finished: February 21, 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: USA Dick Button
Silver: AUT Helmut Seibt
Bronze: USA Jim Grogan


[Dick Button] had totally dominated the international figure skating scene after his Olympic success in 1948, winning the World Championships in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951. His closest rivals was supposed to be his young teammates [James Grogan] (20) and [Hayes Jenkins] (18) and the European Champion from 1951 and 1952, Austrian [Helmut Seibt].

Button was in a commanding lead after the compulsory figures ahead of Seibt and Grogan, he could easily have played it safe through the free program to another Olympic victory. But also on this occasion Button had something new to show the figure skating audience. Under storming applause he landed a triple loop in his free program, being the first skater ever to do that in a competition. Button was certainly a man for the big Olympic occasions!

In a very close battle for the silver medal, Seibt was able to stay ahead of Grogan with the closest possible margin. Young Hayes Jenkins had to be content with 4th place. [Carlo Fassi] of Italy was the second best European in 6th place. He became European Champion in 1953 and 1954 and was later to become a famous figure skating coach.

At the World Championship in Paris one week later Button ended his tremendous amateur figure skating career with his 5th World title. This time it was a clean sweep for the US skaters, Grogan in silver and Hayes Jenkins in bronze position.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsCompulsory FiguresFree Skating

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TO TP RP
1 Dick Button 22 United States USA Gold 9×1+ 9.0 1,730.3 192.256
2 Helmut Seibt 22 Austria AUT Silver 6×2+ 23.0 1,621.3 180.144
3 Jim Grogan 20 United States USA Bronze 9×3+ 24.0 1,627.4 180.822
4 Hayes Jenkins 18 United States USA 9×5+ 40.0 1,571.3 174.589
5 Peter Firstbrook 18 Canada CAN 7×5+ 43.0 1,558.1 173.122
6 Carlo Fassi 22 Italy ITA 9×6+ 50.0 1,528.4 169.822
7 Alain Giletti 12 France FRA 9×7+ 63.0 1,469.1 163.233
8 Freimut Stein 27 Germany GER 9×8+ 72.0 1,403.6 155.956
9 François Pache 19 Switzerland SUI 5×9+ 92.0 1,259.3 139.922
10 Adrian Swan 19 Australia AUS 8×11+ 95.0 1,248.2 138.689
11 Kurt Oppelt 19 Austria AUT 7×11+ 98.0 1,233.3 137.033
12 György Czakó 18 Hungary HUN 5×12+ 112.0 1,191.0 132.333
13 Kalle Tuulos 21 Finland FIN 8×13+ 112.0 1,180.9 131.211
14 Per Cock-Clausen 39 Denmark DEN 9×14+ 112.0 1,203.5 133.722