Alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the VII Olympic Winter Games
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Venue

Tofana and Faloria (men's GS)

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Dates 27 January – 3 February 1956
Competitors 183 from 29 nations
← 1952
1960 →
Alpine skiing at the
1956 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Downhill men women
Giant Slalom men women
Slalom men women

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]

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]

Medal summary[edit]

Men's events[edit]

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 events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Madeleine Berthod
 Switzerland
1:40.7 Frieda Dänzer
 Switzerland
1:45.4 Lucille Wheeler
 Canada
1:46.0
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 table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Austria 3 3 3 9
2  Switzerland 2 2 0 4
3  United Team of Germany 1 0 0 1
4  Japan 0 1 0 1
5  Soviet Union 0 0 1 1
 Sweden 0 0 1 1
 Canada 0 0 1 1
Total 6 6 6 18

Course information[edit]

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 championships[edit]

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.

Combined[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 

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