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1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy (January 26, 1956 to February 5, 1956)
Opening Ceremony: January 26, 1956 (opened by President Giovanni Gronchi)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Guido Caroli
Taker of the Olympic Oath: Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo (athlete)
Closing Ceremony: February 5, 1956
Events: 24 in 8 sports

Participants: 821 (689 men and 132 women) from 32 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Carolyn Krau (12 years, 170 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Karl Wagner (48 years, 271 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): SWE Sixten Jernberg (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (16 medals)

Overview

Cortina d'Ampezzo was awarded the 1956 Olympic Winter Games in 1949, with the bid led by the Italian IOC member Count Alberto Bonacossa. Unfortunately, Count Bonacossa never saw the fruits of his efforts, dying in January 1953. But his plans were carried out, and Cortina held a marvelous Olympics. The sites were very centralized which made for few logistical traffic problems, as is often the case in the mountain resorts usually used for Winter Olympics. Only the speed skating events were held outside Cortina, on Lake Misurina, about 11 miles from the center of the town.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 7 3 6 16
2 Austria 4 3 4 11
3 Sweden 2 4 4 10
4 Finland 3 3 1 7
5 United States 2 3 2 7
6 Switzerland 3 2 1 6
7 Norway 2 1 1 4
8 Italy 1 2 0 3
9 Canada 0 1 2 3
10 Germany 1 0 1 2
11 Japan 0 1 0 1
12 Hungary 0 0 1 1
13 Poland 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Sixten Jernberg (SWE) 1 2 1 4
2 Toni Sailer (AUT) 3 0 0 3
3 Veikko Hakulinen (FIN) 1 2 0 3
4 Pavel Kolchin (URS) 1 0 2 3
5 Yevgeny Grishin (URS) 2 0 0 2
6 Lyubov Kozyreva-Baranova (URS) 1 1 0 2
7 Sigvard Ericsson (SWE) 1 1 0 2
8 Fyodor Terentyev (URS) 1 0 1 2
9 Radiya Yeroshina (URS) 0 2 0 2
10 Renzo Alverà (ITA) 0 2 0 2
11 Eugenio Monti (ITA) 0 2 0 2
12 Anderl Molterer (AUT) 0 1 1 2
13 Sonja Edström-Ruthström (SWE) 0 0 2 2
14 Oleg Goncharenko (URS) 0 0 2 2
15 Tenley Albright (USA) 1 0 0 1
16 Madeleine Chamot-Berthod (SUI) 1 0 0 1
17 Renée Colliard (SUI) 1 0 0 1
18 Mirja Hietamies (FIN) 1 0 0 1
19 Siiri Rantanen (FIN) 1 0 0 1
20 Sirkka Polkunen (FIN) 1 0 0 1
21 Ossi Reichert (GER) 1 0 0 1
22 Sissy Schwarz (AUT) 1 0 0 1
23 Robert Alt (SUI) 1 0 0 1
24 Heiri Angst (SUI) 1 0 0 1
25 Nikolay Anikin (URS) 1 0 0 1
26 Yevgeny Babich (URS) 1 0 0 1
27 Vsevolod Bobrov (URS) 1 0 0 1
28 Hallgeir Brenden (NOR) 1 0 0 1
29 Giacomo Conti (ITA) 1 0 0 1
30 Lamberto Dalla Costa (ITA) 1 0 0 1
31 Gottfried Diener (SUI) 1 0 0 1
32 Aleksey Guryshev (URS) 1 0 0 1
33 Antti Hyvärinen (FIN) 1 0 0 1
34 Hayes Jenkins (USA) 1 0 0 1
35 Franz Kapus (SUI) 1 0 0 1
36 Nikolay Khlystov (URS) 1 0 0 1
37 Yury Krylov (URS) 1 0 0 1
38 Alfred Kuchevsky (URS) 1 0 0 1
39 Valentin Kuzin (URS) 1 0 0 1
40 Vladimir Kuzin (URS) 1 0 0 1
41 Yury Mikhaylov (URS) 1 0 0 1
42 Grigory Mkrtychan (URS) 1 0 0 1
43 Viktor Nikiforov (URS) 1 0 0 1
44 Kurt Oppelt (AUT) 1 0 0 1
45 Yury Pantyukhov (URS) 1 0 0 1
46 Nikolay Puchkov (URS) 1 0 0 1
47 Boris Shilkov (URS) 1 0 0 1
48 Viktor Shuvalov (URS) 1 0 0 1
49 Genrikh Sidorenkov (URS) 1 0 0 1
50 Nikolay Sologubov (URS) 1 0 0 1
51 Sverre Stenersen (NOR) 1 0 0 1
52 Ivan Tregubov (URS) 1 0 0 1
53 Dmitry Ukolov (URS) 1 0 0 1
54 Aleksandr Uvarov (URS) 1 0 0 1
55 Frances Dafoe (CAN) 0 1 0 1
56 Frieda Dänzer (SUI) 0 1 0 1
57 Putzi Frandl (AUT) 0 1 0 1
58 Carol Heiss (USA) 0 1 0 1
59 Alevtina Kolchina (URS) 0 1 0 1
60 Regina Schöpf (AUT) 0 1 0 1
61 Wendell Anderson (USA) 0 1 0 1
62 Norris Bowden (CAN) 0 1 0 1
63 Wellington Burtnett, Jr. (USA) 0 1 0 1
64 Gene Campbell (USA) 0 1 0 1
65 Gordy Christian (USA) 0 1 0 1
66 Bill Cleary, Jr. (USA) 0 1 0 1
67 Dick Dougherty (USA) 0 1 0 1
68 Bengt Eriksson (SWE) 0 1 0 1
69 Raymond Fellay (SUI) 0 1 0 1
70 Ulrico Girardi (ITA) 0 1 0 1
71 Rafael Grach (URS) 0 1 0 1
72 Chiharu Igaya (JPN) 0 1 0 1
73 Willard Ikola (USA) 0 1 0 1
74 Knut Johannesen (NOR) 0 1 0 1
75 Aulis Kallakorpi (FIN) 0 1 0 1
76 August Kiuru (FIN) 0 1 0 1
77 Jorma Kortelainen (FIN) 0 1 0 1
78 Johnny Matchefts (USA) 0 1 0 1
79 John Mayasich (USA) 0 1 0 1
80 Dan McKinnon (USA) 0 1 0 1
81 Dick Meredith (USA) 0 1 0 1
82 Renato Mocellini (ITA) 0 1 0 1
83 Weldy Olson (USA) 0 1 0 1
84 Jack Petroske (USA) 0 1 0 1
85 Ken Purpur (USA) 0 1 0 1
86 Don Rigazio (USA) 0 1 0 1
87 Ronnie Robertson (USA) 0 1 0 1
88 Dick Rodenhiser (USA) 0 1 0 1
89 Ed Sampson (USA) 0 1 0 1
90 Arvo Viitanen (FIN) 0 1 0 1
91 Anna-Lisa Eriksson (SWE) 0 0 1 1
92 Thea Hochleitner (AUT) 0 0 1 1
93 Irma Johansson (SWE) 0 0 1 1
94 Marianna Nagy (HUN) 0 0 1 1
95 Yevgeniya Kabina-Sidorova (URS) 0 0 1 1
96 Ingrid Wendl (AUT) 0 0 1 1
97 Lucile Wheeler (CAN) 0 0 1 1
98 Max Angst (SUI) 0 0 1 1
99 Denis Brodeur (CAN) 0 0 1 1
100 Charlie Brooker (CAN) 0 0 1 1
101 Tom Butler (USA) 0 0 1 1
102 Bill Colvin (CAN) 0 0 1 1
103 Bill Dodge (USA) 0 0 1 1
104 Franciszek Gąsienica Groń (POL) 0 0 1 1
105 Alv Gjestvang (NOR) 0 0 1 1
106 Harry Glaß (GER) 0 0 1 1
107 Buddy Horne (CAN) 0 0 1 1
108 Art Hurst (CAN) 0 0 1 1
109 David Jenkins (USA) 0 0 1 1
110 Byrle Klinck (CAN) 0 0 1 1
111 Paul Knox (CAN) 0 0 1 1
112 Jim Lamy (USA) 0 0 1 1
113 Lennart Larsson (SWE) 0 0 1 1
114 Per-Erik Larsson (SWE) 0 0 1 1
115 Ken Laufman (CAN) 0 0 1 1
116 Howie Lee (CAN) 0 0 1 1
117 Jim Logan (CAN) 0 0 1 1
118 Butch Martin (CAN) 0 0 1 1
119 Jack McKenzie (CAN) 0 0 1 1
120 László Nagy (HUN) 0 0 1 1
121 Don Rope (CAN) 0 0 1 1
122 Toivo Salonen (FIN) 0 0 1 1
123 Gunnar Samuelsson (SWE) 0 0 1 1
124 George Scholes (CAN) 0 0 1 1
125 Walter Schuster (AUT) 0 0 1 1
126 Stig Sollander (SWE) 0 0 1 1
127 Gerry Théberge (CAN) 0 0 1 1
128 Art Tyler (USA) 0 0 1 1
129 Harry Warburton (SUI) 0 0 1 1
130 Bob White (CAN) 0 0 1 1
131 Keith Woodall (CAN) 0 0 1 1

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