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1952 Helsinki
Olympic Stadium

Helsingin Olympiastadion
Helsingfors Olympiastadion
Stadion

1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium

  Venue Resources  
Address Helsinki, Finland
Weather
Newspaper
Satellite View
  Metal Count  
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA
USSR
Hungary
Sweden
Italy
Finland
France
Germany
Czechoslovakia
Australia
40
21
16
12
8
6
6
0
7
6
19
30
10
13
9
3
6
7
3
2
17
18
16
10
4
13
6
17
3
3
76
69
42
35
21
22
18
24
13
11
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  The Facility  
Date Built 1938
Date Demolished 2005
Ownership
(Management)
Stadion-Saatio
(Stadion-Saatio)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Stadium Architect Yrjo Lindegren and Toivo Jantti
Olympic Capacity 70,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Current Tenants Finaland National Football Team
Former Tenants 1952 Summer Olympics
1983 World Championships
2005 World Championships
Population Base 1,300,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL)

1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium

The Soviet Union returned to the Olympic fold in 1952 after a 40-year absence, a period of time that included a revolution and two world wars. Ironically, the Soviets chose to make their comeback in Finland, a country they had invaded twice during World War II.

This time it was the United States that was surprised by the Russians, and the USA had to scramble on the last day of competition to hold off the USSR's assault on first place in the overall standings. It was the beginning of an all-consuming 36-year Cold War rivalry.

Despite the Soviets' impressive debut, it was a Communist from another Iron Curtain country who turned in the most memorable individual performance of the Games. Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia, the 10,000-meter champion in London, not only repeated at 10,000 meters, but also won at 5,000 and in the marathon - an event he had never run before. He also set Olympic records in each race and topped it off by watching his wife Dana Zatopkova win the women's javelin.

Zatopek's unique triple was wildly applauded by the distance-minded Finns, but their greatest outburst came in the opening ceremonies when legendary countryman Paavo Nurmi, (who had won nine Olympics golds, but who by this time was 56 years old and balding), ran into the stadium with the Olympic torch and handed it off to another native legend Hannes Kolehmainen, now 62, who lit the flame to start the Games.

Also, Harrison Dillard of the US won the 110-meter hurdles. In 1948, Dillard, the world's best hurdler, failed to qualify for the hurdles and won the 100-meter dash instead.

Source: 1996 Information Please Sports Almanac

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Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

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