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1956 Cortina Olympics Medal Information and Tables

Cortina Olympic LogoVII (7th) WINTER GAMES
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY
Jan 26th - Feb 5th, 1956
  • Mascot - none
  • 32 countries, 820 athletes (132 women)
  • 4 sports, 24 events
  • Opening ceremony January 26, 1956 - Officially opened by President Giovanni Gronchi
  • Torch lit by - Guido Caroli (figure skating)
  • Athlete's Oath Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo
VII (7th) WINTER GAMES

Closing ceremony February 5, 1956
Next Winter Olympics Contenders: Colorado Springs, Lake Placid, Montreal

The torch bearer tripped and fell during the opening ceremonyThis was Italy's turn. Originally scheduled to host the 1944 Games which were cancelled because of World War II, Cortina finally got its chance. Although the Games got off to an ominous start—the torch bearer tripped and fell during the opening ceremony—they were a resounding success. Even the threat of insufficent snow proved a needless worry.

Cortina, one of the most beautiful winter resorts in the world, hosted the seventh edition of the winter Olympics. Giuliana Minuzzo, the first woman to do so in the history of the Olympics, read the oath. The Olympic flame was lit at the Campidoglio in Rome and blessed by the Pope. Italian television (RAI) provided live coverage for the first time. The Games saw the arrival of a new national team at the quadrennial Olympic gathering: the Soviet Union. East and West German athletes competed together under a unified flag.

Cortina d'Ampezzo (population 8000) is a town in the province of Veneto, northern Italy. Located in the Dolomites at an altitude of 1210 m, it is a popular winter sport resort.

The Soviet Union, competing in its first Olympic Winter Games, was the major storyProbably the among the three most exclusive mountain locations in Europe, Cortina is known for its first class Hotels and shops.

The Soviet Union, competing in its first Olympic Winter Games, was the major story. Soviets won 7 of 24 events. Austrian skier Toni Sailer was a dominating force of his own, sweeping the downhill, slalom and giant slalom by a large margin. This feat was duplicated by Jean-Claude Killy twelve years later.

In the speed skating events the Soviet Union swept all but the 10,000m which was won by Sweden's Sigvard Ericsson, leaving Norway without a gold medal in speed skating for the first time in 24 years.Ice Hockey at the Cortina Olympics The Norwegians fared more successfully in the area of cross-country skiing, with 1952 defending gold medallist Hallgeir Brenden again winning gold. However the Norwegians suffered more disappointment in ski jumping, in which their highest finish was ninth.

The Americans performed well in figure skating, HayesJenkins won the men's competition, while Tenley Albright won the ladies' competition, with teammate Carol Heiss taking the silver.

Italy and Switzerland won the two- and four-man bobsled events respectively. Once again The Soviet Union made its presence felt in winning the hockey competition without losing a game; beating both USA (4-0) and the Canadian masters (2-0). In something of a surprise, the United States finished second, and the Canadians third, marking the first time the Americans finished in front of the Canadians in Olympic competition.

Competing in its first Winter Olympic Games, the Soviet Union led the medals table with 16.

1956 Cortina Olympics Medal Information and Tables

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