A symbolic Nordic flame
A symbolic flame was lit in the hearth of the Morgedal House in Norway, birthplace of Sondre Norheim, the great pioneer of modern skiing, and then relayed solely by skiers to Oslo.
Open to women
Olympic cross country skiing was opened up to women, with the inclusion of a 10km event.
A woman proclaims the Games open
Princess Ragnhild opened the Olympic Winter Games in place of King Hǻkon VII, who was away in England attending the funeral of His Majesty King George VI.
Winter Games by the sea
For the first time, the Winter Games were held in a city located on the sea. Oslo is indeed situated at the end of a fjord of the same name. Sapporo in 1972, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014 are the three other host cities of the Olympic Winter Games that lie by the sea. Oslo is the only Winter Games host city that is also a capital.
Speed skating in a famous athletics stadium
The speed skating events were held in the Bislett Stadium, the famous athletics arena which hosts a major meeting every year and where many world records have been set. In 1952, the reserve venue for the speed skating events was the rink in Hamar, a city which went on to host speed skating in 1994 for the Lillehammer Olympic Games.
Scores in a second
In figure skating, in order to give the results immediately, computers were used to calculate the scores awarded by the different judges for the compulsory and free programmes.
Britons in mourning
At the Opening Ceremony, the members of the British delegation wore a black armband to pay tribute to King George VI, who had died on 6 February, four days earlier.
Portugal at the Winter Games
For the first time at the Winter Games, Portugal sent a delegation. Skier Duarte Espirito-Santo competed for his country in the downhill and finished in 69th place with a time of 3.58.4 mins.
New Zealand at the Winter Games
For the first time, New Zealand took part in the Olympic Winter Games. Three athletes represented their country and all competed in Alpine skiing events. The men were William Hunt and Herbert Familton, and the female athlete was Annette Johnson.
Oslo 15 February 1952. The Norwegian ski champion Lauritz Bergendal hands the Olympic Flame over to the last torch bearer.
Official opening of the Games by: Her Royal Highness Princess Ragnhild
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Eigil Nansen, grandson of the famous explorer Fridtjof Nansen.
Olympic Oath by: Torbjorn Falkanger (ski jumping)
Officials' Oath by: The officials' oath at an Olympic Winter Games was first sworn in 1972 at Sapporo.