United States at the 1956 Winter Olympics

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United States at the
1956 Winter Olympics
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
IOC code USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Competitors 67 (57 men, 10 women) in 8 sports
Flag bearer James Bickford (bobsleigh)
Medals
Ranked 6th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
2 3 2 7
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

The United States competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Medalists[edit]

American figure skaters swept the men's singles competition, taking all three medals.

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Jenkins, Hayes AlanHayes Alan Jenkins Figure skating Men's singles
 Gold Albright, TenleyTenley Albright Figure skating Ladies' singles
 Silver Robertson, RonaldRonald Robertson Figure skating Men's singles
 Silver Heiss, CarolCarol Heiss Figure skating Ladies' singles
 Silver United States men's national ice hockey team
Wendell Anderson   Willard Ikola   John Pettroske
Wellington Burtnett   John Matchefts   Kenneth Purpur
Eugene Campbell   John Mayasich   Don Rigazio
Gordon Christian   Daniel McKinnon   Richard Rodenheiser
Bill Cleary   Richard Meredith   Ed Sampson
Richard Dougherty   Weldon Olson
Ice hockey Men's competition
 Bronze Butler, CharlesCharles Butler
William Dodge
James Lamy
Arthur Tyler
Bobsleigh Four-man
 Bronze Jenkins, DavidDavid Jenkins Figure skating Men's singles

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Marvin Melville Downhill DSQ
Bill Beck DSQ
Ralph Miller DSQ
Buddy Werner 3:05.8 11
Buddy Werner Giant Slalom 3:21.5 21
Brooks Dodge 3:16.4 15
Tom Corcoran 3:16.0 14
Ralph Miller 3:15.8 13
Buddy Werner Slalom DSQ DSQ
Tom Corcoran 1:37.1 27 2:04.2 16 3:41.3 19
Ralph Miller 1:34.0 18 2:13.8 (+0:05) 26 3:47.8 22
Brooks Dodge 1:27.6 3 1:54.2 8 3:21.8 4
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Dorothy Surgenor Downhill 2:01.5 38
Penny Pitou 1:58.9 34
Andrea Mead-Lawrence 1:55.2 30
Gladys Werner 1:49.6 10
Betsy Snite Giant Slalom DSQ
Penny Pitou 2:10.4 34
Gladys Werner 2:04.0 22
Andrea Mead-Lawrence 1:58.3 4
Penny Pitou Slalom 1:26.2 33 1:16.3 27 2:42.5 31
Gladys Werner 1:13.9 28 1:16.2 26 2:30.1 27
Andrea Mead-Lawrence 1:10.5 27 1:15.3 25 2:25.8 25
Dorothy Surgenor 1:09.1 25 1:08.2 22 2:17.3 20

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
USA-1 Waightman Washbond
Piet Biesiadecki
Two-man 1:24.82 8 1:24.15 7 1:24.78 7 1:24.41 3 5:38.16 5
USA-2 Arthur Tyler
Edgar Seymour
Two-man 1:25.41 9 1:23.77 3 1:24.44 5 1:26.46 17 5:40.08 6
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
USA-1 Arthur Tyler
William Dodge
Charles Butler
James Lamy
Four-man 1:17.75 3 1:17.87 3 1:18.25 3 1:18.52 3 5:12.39 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
USA-2 James Bickford
Donald Jacques
Lawrence McKillip
Hubert Miller
Four-man 1:20.97 17 1:22.47 20 1:21.22 16 1:20.50 11 5:25.16 19

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Larry Damon 57:18 51
Mack Miller 56:08 41
30 km Buck Levy 2'10:56 50
Mack Miller 2'00:38 38
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Theodore Farwell
Mack Miller
Larry Damon
Marvin Crawford
2'32:04 12

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
David Jenkins 3 3 162.82 27 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Ronald Robertson 2 1 165.79 16 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Hayes Alan Jenkins 1 2 166.43 13 1st, gold medalist(s)
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Catherine Machado 10 3 153.48 86.5 8
Carol Heiss 2 2 168.02 21 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Tenley Albright 1 1 169.67 12 1st, gold medalist(s)
Pairs
Athletes Points Places Rank
Lucille Ash
Sully Kothman
10.63 59.5 7
Carole Ann Ormaca
Robin Greiner
10.71 56 5

Ice hockey[edit]

Group B[edit]

Top two teams advanced to Medal Round.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 0 12 6 4
2  United States 2 1 1 0 7 4 2
3  Poland 2 0 2 0 3 12 0
  • Czechoslovakia 4-3 USA
  • USA 4-0 Poland

Medal round[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 5 5 0 0 25 5 10
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States 5 4 1 0 26 12 8
3  Canada 5 3 2 0 23 11 6
4  Sweden 5 1 3 1 10 17 3
5  Czechoslovakia 5 1 4 0 20 30 2
6  Germany 5 0 4 1 6 35 1
  • USA 7-2 Germany (UTG)
  • USA 4-1 Canada
  • USA 6-1 Sweden
  • USSR 4-0 USA
  • USA 9-4 Czechoslovakia

Nordic combined[edit]

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Buck Levy Individual 60.0 61.0 162.0 36 1'05:42 203.600 33 365.600 35
Theodore Farwell 60.5 61.0 173.5 33 1'01:21 220.500 22 394.000 30
Charles Tremblay 64.0 64.5 182.0 30 1'07:40 196.000 34 378.000 34
Marvin Crawford 69.5 69.5 196.5 17 1'02:24 216.400 26 412.900 23

Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Rank Points Rank
Willis Olson Normal hill 65.0 84.5 45 69.5 90.0 34 174.5 43
Dick Rahoi 71.5 86.0 42 78.0 fall 72.0 50 158.0 51
Roy Sherwood 71.5 94.0 31 68.0 89.0 38 183.0 36
Art Devlin 74.0 98.5 24 72.5 96.0 23 194.5 21

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Don McDermott 43.2 25
Ken Henry 42.8 17
Johny Werket 42.4 11
Bill Carow 41.8 6
1500 m Don McDermott 2:18.6 37
Gene Sandvig 2:17.1 30
Johnny Werket 2:16.1 25
Pat McNamara 2:15.2 20
5000 m Chuck Burke 8:47.4 43
Art Longsjo 8:40.0 40
Gene Sandvig 8:25.5 31
Pat McNamara 8:10.6 17
10,000 m Pat McNamara 17:45.6 27

References[edit]