Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 7, 1956
Format: Six-person teams. Each gymnast to perform a compulsory and an optional exercise on all four apparatuses. Top five scores per team on each of the eight exercises count towards the team score. Team score for portable apparatus added to individual apparatus scores.
The Soviet women had won the gold medal at Helsinki in 1952, which started a trend. They would win gold in the women’s team all-around at every Olympics from 1952-80, missing out only because of the 1984 boycott, and would then win again in 1988, and in 1992 as the Unified Team. Hungary won silver in 1956 as they had in 1952, with Romania winning their first team medal in women’s gymnastics, a bronze.