Games of the 15 Olympiad,1952
Begin1952-07-19
End1952-08-03
Nations69
Participants4955
Women519
Events149
CityHelsinki, Finland
  • For the first time, Helsinki, Finland was selected to host Olympics in 1940, however, Second World War caused the Games to be canceled.
  • At the 40-th session of the IOC in 1947 the Games of the 15 Olympiad were awarded to Helsinki, Finland again.
  • The other candidate cities were Amsterdam, Netherlands and five american cities: Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphie and Chicago.
Helsinki 1952 - Medal Table
1. USA
40
19
17
2. USSR
22
30
19
3. Hungary
16
10
16
4. Sweden
12
13
10
5. Italy
8
9
4
7
3
3
7. France
6
6
6
8. Finland
6
3
13
6
2
3
10. Norway
3
2
0
2
6
6
2
4
4
13. Jamaica
2
3
0
14. Belgium
2
2
0
15. Denmark
2
1
3
16. Turkey
2
0
1
17. Japan
1
6
2
1
2
8
19. Argentina
1
2
2
20. Poland
1
2
1
21. Canada
1
2
0
1
2
0
23. Romania
1
1
2
24. Brazil
1
0
2
1
0
2
26. India
1
0
1
1
0
0
28. Germany
0
7
17
0
5
0
30. Iran
0
3
4
31. Chile
0
2
0
32. Austria
0
1
1
32. Lebanon
0
1
1
34. Ireland
0
1
0
34. Mexico
0
1
0
34. Spain
0
1
0
37. Korea
0
0
2
37. Uruguay
0
0
2
40. Bulgaria
0
0
1
40. Egypt
0
0
1
40. Portugal
0
0
1
40. Venezuela
0
0
1
Games of the 15 Olympiad,1952 - Some interesting facts
  • President of Finland Juho Paasikivi officially opened the Olympic games 1952 at the rennovated 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium and the spectators have seen famous Finnish legend Paavo Nurmi, who had been banned 20 years ago. He passed Olympic flame to fellow Finn runner Hannes Kolehmainen, who lit the Olympic bowl.
  • Soviet athletes rejoined the olympic competitions after a 40-year absence. Instead of joining the other athletes in the Olympic Village, they set up their own Olympic Village for Eastern bloc countries in Otaniemi, near the Soviet naval base at Porkkala.
  • The Games of the 15 Olympiad turned into a communist-capitalist battle throughout.
Poster and Medals