Alpine Skiing at the 1952 Winter Olympics

Dates 14 – 20 February 1952
Medal Events 6

The program eliminated the combined competition, which had been contested in both 1936 and 1948. An Alpine combined event would continue to be contested at the World Championships and would return to the Winter Olympics in 1988. In its place, a third event, the giant slalom was added for men and women. The program of downhill, giant slalom, and slalom for men and women would be the Winter Olympic standard thru 1984, after which the combined and super-G were added to the program. Interestingly, Alpine skiing is the oldest Olympic sport for which the men’s and women’s programs have always been precisely the same.

The downhill and giant slalom events were contested at Norefjell, a ski resort 1½ hours drive north of Oslo, in the Norefjell mountain range. The slalom competition took place at Rødkleiva, which was nearer to Oslo and is a ski resort better known for its Nordic trails and ski jumping.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Downhill, Men Olympic 16 February 1952 82 27
Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 15 February 1952 83 26
Slalom, Men Olympic 19 February 1952 86 27
Downhill, Women Olympic 17 February 1952 42 13
Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 14 February 1952 45 15
Slalom, Women Olympic 20 February 1952 40 14
166 (114/52) 28 (28/15)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill, Men Zeno ColòITA Othmar SchneiderAUT Christian PravdaAUT
Giant Slalom, Men Stein EriksenNOR Christian PravdaAUT Toni SpißAUT
Slalom, Men Othmar SchneiderAUT Stein EriksenNOR Guttorm BergeNOR
Downhill, Women Trude Jochum-BeiserAUT Mirl BuchnerGER Giuliana MinuzzoITA
Giant Slalom, Women Andrea Mead-LawrenceUSA Dagmar RomAUT Mirl BuchnerGER
Slalom, Women Andrea Mead-LawrenceUSA Ossi ReichertGER Mirl BuchnerGER

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Austria AUT 2 3 2 7
United States USA 2 0 0 2
Norway NOR 1 1 1 3
Italy ITA 1 0 1 2
Germany GER 0 2 2 4