1956 Winter Olympics medal table

This is the full medal table of the 1956 Winter Olympics, which were held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. These rankings sort by the number of gold medals earned by a country. The number of silvers is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically. This follows the system used by the IOC, IAAF and BBC. Poland, and Japan won their first Winter Olympic Medal at these games. Japan's medal was also the first Winter Olympics Medal for an Asian nation.

1956 Winter Olympics medals
LocationCortina d'Ampezzo,  Italy
Most gold medals Soviet Union (7)
Most total medals Soviet Union (16)
← 1952 · Olympics medal tables · 1960 →

The Soviet Union, in their first Winter Olympics, won more gold and total medals than any other nation. USSR's investment in elite sports would lead to their domination of the Olympics for the next three decades, as the Soviets would top the Winter Games from 1956 to 1988 with the exception of 1968 and 1984.

  *   Host nation (Italy)

1 Soviet Union[a]73616
2 Austria43411
3 Finland3317
4 Switzerland3216
5 Sweden24410
6 United States2327
7 Norway2114
8 Italy*1203
9 United Team of Germany1012
10 Canada0123
11 Japan0101
12 Hungary0011
Totals (13 entries)25232472
  • ^[a] Two gold medals were awarded when Soviet skaters tied for first in the 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) speed skating competition.[1]


  1. ^ a b Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (1956), p. 689

External linksEdit

  • "Cortina D'Ampezzo 1956". Olympics.com. International Olympic Committee.
  • "1956 Winter Olympics". Olympedia.com. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  • "Olympic Analytics/1956_2". olympanalyt.com.
  • Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (1956). VII Olympic Winter Games: Official Report. Cortina d'Ampezzo. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-25. Retrieved 2010-03-02.