DISTANT REPLAY: SCENES FROM THE OSLO GAMES OF 1952
* The members of the winning four-man West German bobsled team certainly bore no resemblance to the well-conditioned athletes that populate the sport today. As a group they weighed 1,041.5 lbs. The international bobsled federation passed a rule that future teams could not weigh more than 880 lbs. At this point in the sport's history, state-of-the-art was not necessary, and West Germans Andreas Ostler and Lorenz Nieberl won the two-man event in a 16-year-old bobsled.
* Canada culminated a long period of ice-hockey dominance, winning the gold medal for the sixth time in seven Olympics. A physical US team played Canada to a 3-3 draw in the championship game, but the Canadians easily won the overall tournament. Canada, which held a 37-1-3 record between 1920 and 1952, hasn't won an Olympic gold since.
* Harvard University senior Dick Button unveiled the triple loop and captured his second consecutive gold medal in men's figure skating.
* Norwegian truck driver Hjalmar Andersen won the 5,000-meter men's speed skating race by 11 seconds, the largest winning margin ever recorded at that distance in the Olympics. Andersen added victories in the 1,500 and 10,000.
* With his dashing good looks and stylish technique, Norway's Stein Eriksen established the image for skiing superstardom. The champion of the the giant slalom later became a prominent ski instructor in the US and today lives in Park City, Utah.
* Nineteen-year-old Andrea Mead Lawrence of Rutland, Vt., won the women's slalom and giant slalom. By the next Olympics, she was the mother of three children.