Figure Skating at the 1952 Winter Olympics

Dates 16 – 22 February 1952
Medal Events 3

Figure skating was conducted outdoors in the Bislett Stadium, with compulsory figures being skated on the Jordal Ice Rink. Men and women skated compulsory figures and a free skating program, with the compulsory figures counting towards 60% of the final score, while pairs skated a single free skate program. Overall placements were determined by the majority placement system. Ice dancing was still not an Olympic event, but shortly after the Olympics, would finally be contested at the 1952 World Championships. One problem that was now becoming noted was the coalition of judges’ to influence the scores outside of the competition. Gustavus Witt (NED), then Chairman of the Figure Skating Committee of the International Skating Union (ISU), noted that in 1948-49 five judges had been banned for a year and six others received letters of censure. This problem would only get worse when the Soviet Union and the Communist bloc countries began competing internationally in 1956.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 19 – 21 February 1952 14 11
Singles, Women Olympic 16 – 20 February 1952 25 12
Pairs, Mixed Olympic 22 February 1952 26 9
63 (26/37) 15 (14/13)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Dick ButtonUSA Helmut SeibtAUT Jim GroganUSA
Singles, Women Jeannette AltweggGBR Tenley AlbrightUSA Jacqueline du BiefFRA
Pairs, Mixed Unified Team of Germany 1GER United States 1USA Hungary 1HUN

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 1 2 1 4
Germany GER 1 0 0 1
Great Britain GBR 1 0 0 1
Austria AUT 0 1 0 1
France FRA 0 0 1 1
Hungary HUN 0 0 1 1