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Giant Slalom, Men

Date15 February 1952 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNorefjell
Participants83 from 26 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 66
Length: 2300 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 525 m

This was the first men’s Olympic giant slalom. In 1952 the event for men was contested as a single run, and it would remain so through 1964, changing to two runs in 1968. This was the first men’s Alpine event at the Oslo Olympics, and the favorite was Italy’s Zeno Colò, who was the 1950 World Champion in this event and had also won the downhill in that competition. But the somewhat surprise winner was Stein Eriksen, whose best finish at the 1950 Worlds was a fourth in the slalom, Colò placing fourth in Oslo. Eriksen would later win a silver medal in the slalom and in 1954, would become Alpine skiing’s first superstar when he won three gold medals at the World Championships. Handsome and sophisticated, he would later settle in the United States, where he helped start and represented several ski resorts, ending up at Deer Valley in Utah. His gold in this event was the first ever in Alpine skiing by a skier from a non-Alpine country. Colò would win a gold medal in the downhill the day after the giant slalom. Christian Pravda, winner of the 1951 Hahnenkamm downhill, placed second behind Eriksen, and would win a bronze medal behind Colò in the downhill.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
112Stein EriksenNOR2:25.0Gold
211Christian PravdaAUT2:26.9Silver
36Toni SpißAUT2:28.8Bronze
41Zeno ColòITA2:29.1
57Georges SchneiderSUI2:31.2
=610Stig SollanderSWE2:32.6
=636Brooks Dodge, Jr.USA2:32.6
816Bernhard PerrenSUI2:33.1
99Hans SengerAUT2:33.6
1015Gunnar HjeltnesNOR2:33.7
112Fernand GrosjeanSUI2:33.8
1213Fred RubiSUI2:34.0
134Guttorm BergeNOR2:34.5
148James CouttetFRA2:34.9
1517Guy de HuertasFRA2:35.1
1622Henri OreillerFRA2:35.3
1730Peppi SchwaigerGER2:35.4
185Carlo GartnerITA2:35.7
1926Alf OpheimNOR2:35.9
2039Chiharu IgayaJPN2:36.1
2142Åke NilssonSWE2:37.0
2219Silvio AlveràITA2:37.7
233Maurice SanglardFRA2:38.0
=2418Jack ReddishUSA2:39.5
=2420Roberto LacedelliITA2:39.5
2640Hisashi MizugamiJPN2:40.9
2725Tine MulejYUG2:41.3
2821Beni ObermüllerGER2:41.4
2935Jack NagelUSA2:42.0
3041Sixten IsbergSWE2:42.3
3152Pentti AlonenFIN2:45.1
3223Willi KleinGER2:46.2
3347Janko ŠtefeYUG2:47.5
3424Robert RichardsonCAN2:48.2
3546David LawrenceUSA2:48.6
3650André BertrandCAN2:49.3
3731Jack GriffinCAN2:49.9
3832Stefan DziedzicPOL2:50.3
3963Jan PłonkaPOL2:51.5
4038Francisco ViladomatESP2:51.6
4129Andrzej Gąsienica RojPOL2:52.2
4259Eino KalpalaFIN2:52.3
4333John BoyagisGBR2:52.5
4481Niilo JuvonenFIN2:52.8
4548Mihai Bîră, Sr.ROU2:53.0
4643Gordon MorrisonCAN2:54.2
4734Pepi ErbenGER2:55.0
4854Józef MarusarzPOL2:55.5
=4972Pablo RosenkjerARG2:55.9
=4937John FredrikssonSWE2:55.9
5161Haukur SigurðssonISL2:57.0
5265Dick PappenheimNED2:57.6
5351Georgi DimitrovBUL2:59.5
5444Radu ScîrneciROU3:00.1
5545Pekka AlonenFIN3:00.2
5657Luis de RidderARG3:00.9
=5762Luis AriasESP3:01.5
=5768Jón Karl SigurðssonISL3:01.5
5953Dumitru SulicăROU3:01.7
6049Juan PollESP3:03.5
6174Otto JungARG3:03.7
6270Luis MolnéESP3:04.9
6385Ásgeir EyjólfssonISL3:06.4
6469Ștefan GhițăROU3:06.7
6571Georgi MitrovBUL3:07.4
6676Gino de PellegrínARG3:09.5
6760Bill DayAUS3:10.5
6878Stefán KristjánssonISL3:12.5
6964Michel FeronBEL3:14.0
7086Peter PappenheimNED3:15.1
7158Rupert de LarrinagaGBR3:16.9
7255Dimitar DrazhevBUL3:17.6
7387Denis FeronBEL3:19.2
7480Noel HarrisonGBR3:24.1
7583Eduardo SilvaCHI3:25.6
7666Jaime ErrázurizCHI3:30.3
7756Herbie FamiltonNZL3:31.7
7875Bob ArnottAUS3:38.4
7967József PiroskaHUN3:39.3
8079Barry PattenAUS3:41.1
8184Bill HuntNZL3:51.6
8282Ibrahim GeageaLBN3:52.8
AC14Egon SchöpfAUT2:29.1DQ