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Alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics

At the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, the six alpine skiing events were held from Friday, 27 January to Friday, 3 February.[1][2]

Alpine skiing
at the VII Olympic Winter Games
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
VenueTofana and Faloria (men's GS)
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Dates27 January – 3 February 1956
No. of events6
Competitors183 from 29 nations
← 1952
1960 →

Toni Sailer of Austria won all three men's events to become the first alpine ski racer to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. The feat has been repeated once, by Jean-Claude Killy in 1968.

The races were held at the adjacent Tofana, except for the men's giant slalom, which was held at Monte Faloria. The men's downhill was the final event.[1]


Contents

Medal summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Toni Sailer
  Austria
2:52.2 Raymond Fellay
  Switzerland
2:55.7 Anderl Molterer
  Austria
2:56.2
Giant Slalom
details
Toni Sailer
  Austria
3:00.1 Anderl Molterer
  Austria
3:06.3 Walter Schuster
  Austria
3:07.2
Slalom
details
Toni Sailer
  Austria
3:14.7 Chiharu Igaya
  Japan
3:18.7 Stig Sollander
  Sweden
3:20.2

Source:[1]

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Madeleine Berthod
  Switzerland
1:40.7 Frieda Dänzer
  Switzerland
1:45.4 Lucille Wheeler
  Canada
1:45.9
Giant Slalom
details
Ossi Reichert
  United Team of Germany
1:56.5 Putzi Frandl
  Austria
1:57.8 Thea Hochleitner
  Austria
1:58.2
Slalom
details
Renée Colliard
  Switzerland
1:52.3 Regina Schöpf
  Austria
1:55.4 Yevgeniya Sidorova
  Soviet Union
1:56.7

Source:[1]

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Austria3339
2  Switzerland2204
3  United Team of Germany1001
4  Japan0101
5  Canada0011
  Soviet Union0011
  Sweden0011
Totals (7 nations)66618

Course informationEdit

Date Race Start
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Fri  3-Feb  Downhill - men  2,282 m (7,487 ft)  1,380 m (4,528 ft)  902 m (2,959 ft)  3.461 km (2.151 mi) 26.1%
Wed  1-Feb  Downhill - women  2,114 m (6,936 ft)  1,612 m (5,289 ft)  502 m (1,647 ft)  1.552 km (0.964 mi) 32.3%
Sun 29-Jan  Giant Slalom - men  2,336 m (7,664 ft)  1,713 m (5,620 ft)  623 m (2,044 ft)  2.660 km (1.653 mi) 23.4%
Fri 27-Jan  Giant Slalom - women  2,020 m (6,627 ft)  1,612 m (5,289 ft)  408 m (1,339 ft)  1.366 km (0.849 mi) 29.9%
Tue 31-Jan  Slalom - men  1,748 m (5,735 ft)  1,497 m (4,911 ft)  251 m (823 ft)  0.617 km (0.383 mi) 40.7%
Mon 30-Jan  Slalom - women  1,673 m (5,489 ft)  1,498 m (4,915 ft)  175 m (574 ft)  0.456 km (0.283 mi) 38.4%

Source:[1]

World championshipsEdit

From 1948 through 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988.

CombinedEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "VII Olympic Winter Games: Official Report" (PDF). Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano. LA84 Foundation. 1956. pp. 164–174, 585–599. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

External linksEdit