Bandy at the 1952 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country Norway
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Dates20–23 February
Final positions
Champions  Sweden (1st title)
Runner-up  Norway
Third place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Games played3
Goals scored12 (4 per game)

Bandy was held as a demonstration sport at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo. A men's program was included but not a women's program.

Sweden, Norway and Finland participated with their best players and won one match each. All three teams also lost a match apiece. Sweden won the tournament thanks to the best goal difference, with Norway second and Finland third. The three participating countries regularly played friendlies, but this was the first official international bandy tournament since 1913.[citation needed]

Though bandy was played in the Soviet Union, they did not partake in the event because they did not compete in any international bandy competitions at that point. While agreements had previously been made to play friendlies against Sweden in the late 1940s, the plans did not come to fruition.[1]

The Olympic bandy games were noticed by the sport's leaders from the Soviet Union, who invited the three Nordic countries to a friendly four-nation bandy tournament in 1954. The first men's Bandy World Championships were not held until five years later, in 1957.


Gold: Silver: Bronze:
  • Yngve Palmqvist
  • Orvar Bergmark
  • Herbert Swartswee
  • Karl-Erik Sjöberg
  • Olle Lindgren
  • Sven-Olof Landar
  • Inge Cahlman
  • Martin Johansson
  • Olle Sääv
  • Sven-Eric Broberg
  • Ernst Hård
  • Agard Magnusson
  • Tore Olsson
  • Henry Olsson
  • Bosse Halla
  • Leif Eriksen
  • David Eriksen
  • Arne Bakker
  • Tore Frisholm
  • Rolf Person
  • Arne Johansen
  • Einar Andersen
  • Martin Olsen
  • Cato Helgerud
  • Gunnar Fossum
  • Ole Marthinsen
  • Herbert Lundström
  • Juhani Halme
  • Yrjö Jussila
  • Arvo Raitavuo
  • Per-Erik Lindqvist
  • Martti Nyyssönen
  • Olof Stolpe
  • Kauko Tukiainen
  • Erik Åberg
  • Heikki Ollikainen
  • Sakari Salo
  • Pentti Immonen
  • Pentti Hämäläinen


1952 Winter Olympics (Men's bandy)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Sweden 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 2
2  Norway 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2
3  Finland 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 2
Source: [citation needed]
 Finland3–2 Norway
Dælenenga idrettspark, Oslo
Referee: O. Gyhlén (Sweden)

 Norway2–1 Sweden

 Sweden4–0 Finland
Bislett Stadium, Oslo
Referee: Thv. Lindstad (Norway)

Final rankings

1st place, gold medalist(s)  Sweden
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Finland


  1. ^ Eric Sköld (ed.): Boken om bandy, Uppsala: Bygd och Folk Förlag (1948), p. 183 (in Swedish)