| Event type

Four, Men

Date21 – 22 February 1952
LocationBob sleighbanen, Frognerseter, Oslo
Participants60 from 9 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 13
Length: 1508 m
Start Altitude: 429 m
Vertical Drop: 124 m

On the form shown during 1949 and 1950 the Olympic title should have been decided between the USA, probably in the form of Stan Benham’s crew and one of the Swiss crews but the events of the 1951 World Championships changed that perception of events. Despite local opposition in Alpe d’Huez Germany was readmitted to that year’s championships and the heavyweight crew piloted by Andreas Ostler walked away with the gold medals.

During training runs on the Olympic course both German teams surprisingly struggled and looks set to miss the medal positions. The decision was made to withdrew one of their teams and enter a composite crew made of the two man champions Ostler and Nieberl, together with the two heaviest members of the other German foursome. This proved to be a winning combination and the crew posted the fastest time of all four runs to win the championships and Ostler became the first man to do the two man / four man double at an Olympic Games. A film “Schwere Jungs” based very loosely on this story was released in Germany in 2007. In third place was the team piloted by multiple world champion Fritz Feierabend who won his fifth Olympic medal but was never to become Olympic champion.

Fifteen teams contested the event after the withdrawal of the Belgian team following a practice accident.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
16Germany GER5:07.841:16.86 (1)1:17.57 (1)1:16.55 (1)1:16.86 (1)Gold
Anderl OstlerFritz KuhnLorenz NieberlFranz Kemser
211United States IUSA5:10.481:17.44 (2)1:17.78 (2)1:16.72 (2)1:18.54 (4)Silver
Stan BenhamPat MartinHoward Crossett, Jr.Jim Atkinson
34Switzerland ISUI5:11.701:18.67 (4)1:18.08 (3)1:17.40 (4)1:17.55 (2)Bronze
Fritz FeierabendAlbert MadörinAndré FilippiniStephan Waser
415Switzerland IISUI5:13.981:17.75 (3)1:19.45 (5)1:17.88 (5)1:18.90 (6)
Felix EndrichFritz StöckliFranz KapusWerner Spring
55Austria IAUT5:14.741:19.34 (9)1:18.91 (4)1:18.27 (6)1:18.22 (3)
Karl WagnerFranz EckhardtHermann PalkaPaul Aste
61Sweden ISWE5:15.011:19.11 (7)1:19.90 (7)1:17.28 (3)1:18.72 (5)
Kjell HolmströmFelix FernströmNils LandgrenJan de Man Lapidoth
79Sweden IISWE5:17.861:18.84 (5)1:19.93 (=9)1:18.66 (7)1:20.43 (9)
Gunnar ÅhsBörje EkedahlLennart SandinGunnar Garpö
88Argentina ARG5:18.851:20.15 (13)1:19.81 (6)1:19.35 (10)1:19.54 (7)
Héctor TomasiRoberto José BordeuCarlos Alberto TomasiCarlos Sareisian
912United States IIUSA5:19.681:19.13 (8)1:19.97 (11)1:19.49 (11)1:21.09 (11)
Jim Bickford, Jr.Hubert MillerDick SeverinoJoe Scott
107Italy IITA5:19.921:20.02 (11)1:21.39 (15)1:18.86 (8)1:19.65 (8)
Dario ColombiDario PoggiSandro RasiniAlberto Della Beffa
1114France FRA5:20.741:18.90 (6)1:19.91 (8)1:19.18 (9)1:22.75 (14)
André RobinJoseph ChatelusLouis Saint CalbreHenri Rivière
1210Norway INOR5:21.361:20.05 (12)1:19.93 (=9)1:19.98 (12)1:21.40 (12)
Arne HolstTrygve BrudevoldJames HaydenKåre Christiansen
133Norway IINOR5:24.471:21.53 (15)1:21.18 (13)1:20.77 (14)1:20.99 (10)
Reidar AlvebergAnders HveemArne RøgdenGunnar Thoresen
142Italy IIITA5:25.981:21.23 (14)1:21.35 (14)1:21.64 (15)1:21.76 (13)
Uberto GillarduzziMichele AlveràVittorio FolonariLuigi Cavalieri
DNF13Austria IIAUT1:19.51 (10)1:20.25 (12)1:20.44 (13)– (DNS)
Kurt LoserthWilfried ThurnerFranz KneisslHeinz Hoppichler