In 1952, the Olympics were held in Norway, the birthplace of modern skiing. The Olympic flame was lit for the first time at the birthplace of Sondre Nordheim, the pioneer of modern skiing, and then relayed by 94 skiers to Oslo.
Speed skater Hjalmar Andersen starred for the host nation, winning three gold medals. His winning margins in the 5000m and the 10,000m were the largest in Olympic history. Meanwhile, the 18km cross-country skiing title was won by Norway's national steeplechase champion, Hallgeir Brenden. These successes helped Norway end the Games at the summit of the medal table.
Jeannette Altwegg won Great Britain's only medal, gold medal in the women's singles figure skating.