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The photographs of the Sports Museum of Finland revisit the greatest moments of Finnish sports but also document the development of sports facilities in the country, changes in sporting habits of ordinary Finns and activities of people who have worked in numerous sports organizations. Most of the photographs predate the 1970’s, but there is also new material from modern photographers. The Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952 are covered in a special collection containing more than 10,000 negatives.

 

 

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The opening ceremony of the Helsinki Games on 19 July 1952

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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The opening ceremony of the Helsinki Games on 19 July 1952

The Soviet Union took part at the Olympic Games for the first time in Helsinki 1952. In this picture the Soviet team marching to the Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony on 19 July 1952. The parade of nations took place in front of 70,435 spectators under constant rain.

Paavo Nurmi lights the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Paavo Nurmi lights the Olympic flame

Paavo Nurmi lights the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony

Paavo Nurmi lighting the flame in the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony of the Helsinki Games on 19 July 1952. The identity of the last bearer of the Olympic torch was kept secret until the very end. The nine-time Olympic champion was an obvious choice, but he had been reluctant at first and had to be persuaded to accept the honour.

Heikki Savolainen swearing the Olympic oath at the opening ceremony

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Heikki Savolainen swearing the Olympic oath.

Heikki Savolainen swearing the Olympic oath at the opening ceremony

The gymnast Heikki Savolainen swearing the Olympic oath at the opening ceremony on 19 July 1952. Savolainen took part in his fifth Olympic Games and won his ninth medal in Helsinki: bronze in the team competition.

Yugoslavia’s goalkeeper Vladimir Beara in the Olympic football final

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Yugoslavia’s goalkeeper Vladimir Beara in the Olympic football final

Yugoslavia’s goalkeeper Vladimir Beara at work in the Olympic football final on 2 August 1952. His heroics did not prevent Hungary from winning the match and the gold medal by 2–0. Ferenc Puskás and Zoltán Czibor scored the deciding goals in front of 70,000 people at the Olympic Stadium.

Robert “Bob” Mathias putting the shot in the decathlon competition

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Robert “Bob” Mathias putting the shot in the decathlon competition

Robert “Bob” Mathias putting the shot in the decathlon competition

Robert “Bob” Mathias putting the shot in the decathlon competition on 25 July 1952. Still only 21, the American won his second Olympic decathlon gold in Helsinki. Mathias’s final score of 7,887 points was the new world record. His fellow countryman Milt Campbell took the silver after losing to Mathias by more than 900 points.

Lis Hartel in the Olympic dressage competition

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Lis Hartel in the Olympic dressage competition

Lis Hartel in the Olympic dressage competition

Lis Hartel riding her horse Jubilee in the Olympic dressage competition in Helsinki on 29 July 1952. Eight years earlier Hartel had contracted polio, which left her paralysed below the knees: she had to be helped onto the horse when she rode. Despite that difficulty she won silver in Helsinki and thus became the first ever female Olympic medallist in equestrian sport.

Emil Zátopek of Czechoslovakia leading the 5,000-metre final

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Emil Zátopek of Czechoslovakia leading the 5,000-metre final

Emil Zátopek of Czechoslovakia leading the 5,000-metre final

Emil Zátopek of Czechoslovakia leading the 5,000-metre final onto the final stretch on 24 July 1952. Alain Mimoun of France and Herbert Schade of Germany are still in contention, but Great Britain’s Chris Chataway has fallen to the track. Zátopek won all three long-distance races at the Helsinki Games.

Adhemar Ferreira da Silva in the Olympic village

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Adhemar Ferreira da Silva in the Olympic village

Adhemar Ferreira da Silva of Brazil was one of the most popular Olympic champions in Helsinki 1952. He won gold in triple jump on 23 July 1952 with a new world record of 16.22 metres. In fact, four of his six jumps surpassed the previous world best. In this picture Ferreira da Silva is giving autographs in the Olympic village.

Adhemar Ferreira da Silva in the Olympic village

Adhemar Ferreira da Silva of Brazil was one of the most popular Olympic champions in Helsinki 1952. He won gold in triple jump on 23 July 1952 with a new world record of 16.22 metres. In fact, four of his six jumps surpassed the previous world best. In this picture Ferreira da Silva is giving autographs in the Olympic village.

Emil Zátopek kissing his wife Dana after his Olympic victory in the marathon

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Emil Zátopek kissing his wife Dana after his Olympic victory in the marathon

Emil Zátopek kissing his wife Dana after his Olympic victory in the marathon on 27 July 1952. Dana Zátopková had become Olympic champion herself in Helsinki by winning the women’s javelin throw. Emil won one Olympic gold medal in London 1948 and three in Helsinki 1952. Dana’s Olympic career lasted until Rome 1960 where she took silver in the javelin.

Medal ceremony of women’s 500-metre K-1 canoeing race

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Medal ceremony of women’s 500-metre K-1 canoeing race

Sylvi Saimo of Finland on the victory podium at the Olympic Games of 1952 in Helsinki. The victory ceremony of women's 500 metres kayak singles canoeing at the Helsinki Olympic Games on 28 July 1952. From the left Erik von Frenckell (chairman of the Organising Committee), Gertrude Liebhart of Austria (silver), Sylvi Saimo of Finland (gold) and Nina Savina of the Soviet Union (bronze).

Medal ceremony of women’s 500-metre K-1 canoeing race

Medal ceremony of women’s 500-metre K-1 canoeing race on 28 July 1952. Sylvi Saimo of Finland won gold, Gertrude Liebhart of Austria silver and Nina Savina of the USSR bronze. The medals were awarded by Erik von Frenckell, president of the Organising Committee of the Helsinki Olympic Games.

Kelpo Gröndahl of Finland and Shalva Chikhladze of the USSR

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Kelpo Gröndahl of Finland (left) and Shalva Chikhladze of the USSR

Kelpo Gröndahl of Finland and Shalva Chikhladze of the USSR

Kelpo Gröndahl of Finland (left) and Shalva Chikhladze of the USSR in the deciding match of the Greco-Roman heavy middleweight category (87 kg) on 27 July 1952. Gröndahl defeated the Georgian wrestler 2–1 to win gold; four years earlier in London he had taken silver.

Pentti Hämäläinen of Finland and John McNally of Ireland

1952 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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Pentti Hämäläinen of Finland and John McNally of Ireland

Pentti Hämäläinen of Finland and John McNally of Ireland fighting in the Olympic final of the bantamweight category (54 kg) on 2 August 1952. The home favourite won the match in split decision by two votes to one. Hämäläinen became the second Finnish Olympic boxing champion. McNally’s silver was Ireland’s only medal at the Helsinki Games.

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