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Alpine Skiing at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Pista Olimpia, Gillardon, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: February 3, 1956
Date Finished: February 3, 1956

Gold: AUT Toni Sailer
Silver: SUI Raymond Fellay
Bronze: AUT Anderl Molterer

Summary

This was the last Alpine event at the Cortina Olympics and Austria’s Toni Sailer came into it having already won the slalom and giant slalom. Sailer expected to win, as he held the course record for the Olimpia run on Tofana. But only a few minutes before he started, Sailer broke a strap on his boots. Aided by Italian team trainer Hans Senger, Sailer was able to fix his boot in time to start. Going off as the 14th starter, the leader at the time was Germany’s Hans Peter Lanig, but Sailer bested his time by 7.6 seconds. It led to an easy victory for him as only three skiers came within five seconds of his time, with Switzerland’s Raymond Fellay second and Sailer’s teammate, Anderl Molterer, third. Acclaimed the greatest Alpine skier ever, Sailer succeeded Stein Eriksen as the sport’s superstar. In 1958 at the World Championships in Bad Gastein, he would win three of the four gold medals, failing only in the slalom where he took silver. He then turned professional and used his movie-star good looks to spend several years as an actor and singer.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Toni Sailer 20 Austria AUT Gold 2:52.2
2 Raymond Fellay 24 Switzerland SUI Silver 2:55.7
3 Anderl Molterer 24 Austria AUT Bronze 2:56.2
4 Roger Staub 19 Switzerland SUI 2:57.1
5 Hans Peter Lanig 20 Germany GER 2:59.8
6 Gino Burrini 21 Italy ITA 3:00.2
7 Kurt Hennrich 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:01.5
8 Charles Bozon 23 France FRA 3:01.9
9 Bruno Burrini 24 Italy ITA 3:02.4
10 Stig Sollander 29 Sweden SWE 3:05.4
11 Buddy Werner 19 United States USA 3:05.8
12 Sepp Behr 24 Germany GER 3:07.7
13 Hans Forrer 26 Switzerland SUI 3:08.0
14 Asle Sjåstad 26 Norway NOR 3:08.8
15 Andrzej Gąsienica Roj 25 Poland POL 3:09.3
16 Aleksandr Filatov 27 Soviet Union URS 3:16.6
17 Evžen Čermák 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:18.0
18 Georgi Dimitrov 25 Bulgaria BUL 3:18.1
19 Karl Zillibiller 22 Germany GER 3:21.6
20 Peppi Schwaiger 25 Germany GER 3:22.2
21 Viktor Talyanov 21 Soviet Union URS 3:26.5
22 Franc Cvenkelj 30 Yugoslavia YUG 3:28.5
23 Kalevi Häkkinen 27 Finland FIN 3:29.2
24 Georgi Varoshkin 23 Bulgaria BUL 3:30.0
25 André Bertrand 24 Canada CAN 3:31.2
26 Franz Beck 25 Liechtenstein LIE 3:36.8
27 Petar Ivanov Angelov 23 Bulgaria BUL 3:38.5
28 Susumu Sugiyama 23 Japan JPN 3:39.1
29 Ludvig Dornig 25 Yugoslavia YUG 3:41.1
30 Charlach Mackintosh 20 Great Britain GBR 3:41.4
31 Nicolae Pandrea 22 Romania ROU 3:46.5
32 Lars Mattsson 24 Sweden SWE 3:50.4
33 Muzaffer Demirhan 23 Turkey TUR 3:52.2
34 Nigel Gardner 22 Great Britain GBR 4:00.7
35 Bill Day 22 Australia AUS 4:02.0
36 Francisco Viladomat 24 Spain ESP 4:02.1
37 Luis Molné 29 Spain ESP 4:08.9
38 Denis Feron 27 Belgium BEL 4:16.6
39 Mahmoud Beiglou Iran IRI 4:22.0
40 Leopold Schädler 29 Liechtenstein LIE 4:23.7
41 Vicente Vera 19 Chile CHI 4:25.4
42 Ibrahim Geagea 31 Lebanon LIB 4:33.1
43 Jean Keyrouz Lebanon LIB 4:57.6
44 Benik Amirian Iran IRI 5:02.7
45 Max, Prince von Hohenlohe 24 Liechtenstein LIE 5:15.8
46 Aris Vatimbellas 39 Greece GRE 5:44.2
47 Christos Papageorgiou 29 Greece GRE 8:03.2
AC Josl Rieder 23 Austria AUT DQ
AC Ralph Miller, Jr. 22 United States USA DQ
AC Lino Zecchini 27 Italy ITA DQ
AC Bill Beck 26 United States USA DQ
AC Walter Schuster 26 Austria AUT DQ
AC Chiharu Igaya 24 Japan JPN DQ
AC René Collet 25 France FRA DQ
AC Adrien Duvillard 21 France FRA DQ
AC André Simond 26 France FRA DQ
AC Andreas Rüedi 24 Switzerland SUI DQ
AC Jan Zarycki 22 Poland POL DQ
AC Paride Milianti 21 Italy ITA DQ
AC Marvin Melville 20 United States USA DQ
AC Kåre Opdal 24 Norway NOR DQ
AC Vladimír Krajňák 28 Czechoslovakia TCH DQ
AC Trygve Berge 23 Norway NOR DQ
AC Sergey Shustov Soviet Union URS DQ
AC Osman Yüce 26 Turkey TUR DQ
AC Jože Ilija 27 Yugoslavia YUG DQ
AC Jaroslav Bogdálek 26 Czechoslovakia TCH DQ
AC Pentti Alonen 30 Finland FIN DQ
AC Gheorghe Cristoloveanu 24 Romania ROU DQ
AC Gennady Chertishchev Soviet Union URS DQ
AC Robin Brock-Hollinshead 27 Great Britain GBR DQ
AC Hermann Kindle 20 Liechtenstein LIE DQ
AC Jaime Talens 22 Spain ESP DQ
AC Reza Bazargan Iran IRI DQ
AC Douglas Mackintosh 24 Great Britain GBR DQ