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

Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Pista Ilio Colli, Pian della Bigontina, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: January 29, 1956
Date Finished: January 29, 1956

Gold: AUT Toni Sailer
Silver: AUT Anderl Molterer
Bronze: AUT Walter Schuster

Summary

The giant slalom was the first men’s Alpine event in Cortina. It was also the only Cortina Alpine event not held at Ski Resort Tofana, instead taking place over the Illio Colli course on Monte Folaria, the course having been named after a local skier who, while skiing it, had died when he crashed into a tree. The early leader was Anderl Molterer, the sixth starter, whose time of 3:06.3 was 2.2 seconds faster than his teammates, Ernst Hinterseer. Mobbed by the crowd as they congratulated the man they assumed would win gold, Molterer demurred, telling them to wait for Toni. Toni was The Blitz from Kitz, Toni Sailer, the leader of the Austrian team who hailed from Kitzbühel. And lead he did, 12 starters later, his time of 3:00.1 gave him a 6+ second victory, the most dominant win in Olympic Alpine skiing history. It was the first of Sailer’s three gold medal sweep of the Alpine skiing events in Cortina. Molterer would win silver, Walter Schuster completing the Austrian medal sweep in third, the first Olympic medal sweep in Alpine skiing.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Toni Sailer 20 Austria AUT Gold 3:00.1
2 Anderl Molterer 24 Austria AUT Silver 3:06.3
3 Walter Schuster 26 Austria AUT Bronze 3:07.2
4 Adrien Duvillard 21 France FRA 3:07.9
5 Charles Bozon 23 France FRA 3:08.4
6 Ernst Hinterseer 23 Austria AUT 3:08.5
7 Hans Peter Lanig 20 Germany GER 3:08.6
8 Sepp Behr 24 Germany GER 3:11.4
9 François Bonlieu 18 France FRA 3:11.8
10 Gino Burrini 21 Italy ITA 3:12.3
11T Chiharu Igaya 24 Japan JPN 3:15.6
11T Guido Ghedina 25 Italy ITA 3:15.6
13 Ralph Miller, Jr. 22 United States USA 3:15.8
14 Tom Corcoran 24 United States USA 3:16.0
15 Brooks Dodge, Jr. 26 United States USA 3:16.4
16 Stig Sollander 29 Sweden SWE 3:17.1
17 Georges Schneider 30 Switzerland SUI 3:17.3
18 Roland Blaesi 23 Switzerland SUI 3:18.2
19 Martin Julen 27 Switzerland SUI 3:18.5
20 Åke Nilsson 28 Sweden SWE 3:21.4
21 Buddy Werner 19 United States USA 3:21.5
22 Asle Sjåstad 26 Norway NOR 3:21.6
23 Jan Zarycki 22 Poland POL 3:22.3
24 Dino Pompanin 25 Italy ITA 3:22.4
25 Bruno Burrini 24 Italy ITA 3:23.1
26 Peppi Schwaiger 25 Germany GER 3:23.5
27 Raymond Fellay 24 Switzerland SUI 3:23.9
28 Włodzimierz Czarniak 21 Poland POL 3:24.2
29 Olle Dalman 33 Sweden SWE 3:24.9
30 Gérard Pasquier 26 France FRA 3:25.6
31 Jaroslav Bogdálek 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:27.3
32 Evžen Čermák 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:27.7
33 Aleksandr Filatov 27 Soviet Union URS 3:27.8
34 Georgi Dimitrov 25 Bulgaria BUL 3:28.9
35 Józef Marusarz 30 Poland POL 3:29.3
36 Kurt Hennrich 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:30.4
37 Gheorghe Cristoloveanu 24 Romania ROU 3:30.5
38 Vladimír Krajňák 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:31.0
39 André Bertrand 24 Canada CAN 3:33.1
40 Franc Cvenkelj 30 Yugoslavia YUG 3:33.7
41 Georgi Varoshkin 23 Bulgaria BUL 3:33.9
42 Pentti Alonen 30 Finland FIN 3:35.0
43 Kalevi Häkkinen 27 Finland FIN 3:36.9
44 Petar Ivanov Angelov 23 Bulgaria BUL 3:40.0
45 Susumu Sugiyama 23 Japan JPN 3:40.8
46 Yury Sharkov Soviet Union URS 3:41.8
47 Ludvig Dornig 25 Yugoslavia YUG 3:42.4
48 Beni Obermüller 25 Germany GER 3:42.9
49 Muzaffer Demirhan 23 Turkey TUR 3:44.2
50 Hans Magnus Andresen 26 Norway NOR 3:44.7
51 Jože Ilija 27 Yugoslavia YUG 3:44.8
52 Viktor Talyanov 21 Soviet Union URS 3:45.2
53 Luis Arias 25 Spain ESP 3:47.1
54 Andrzej Gąsienica Roj 25 Poland POL 3:48.6
55 Gennady Chertishchev Soviet Union URS 3:48.9
56T Eysteinn Þórðarson 21 Iceland ISL 3:49.4
56T Sandy Whitelaw 25 Great Britain GBR 3:49.4
58 Nigel Gardner 22 Great Britain GBR 3:51.8
59 Franz Beck 25 Liechtenstein LIE 3:52.6
60 Einar Kristjánsson 21 Iceland ISL 3:53.4
61 Bill Day 22 Australia AUS 3:56.9
62 Stefán Kristjánsson 31 Iceland ISL 3:59.1
63 Osman Yüce 26 Turkey TUR 3:59.4
64 Noel Harrison 21 Great Britain GBR 4:00.1
65 Denis Feron 27 Belgium BEL 4:01.8
66 Robin Hooper Great Britain GBR 4:02.2
67 Leopold Schädler 29 Liechtenstein LIE 4:03.3
68 Francisco Viladomat 24 Spain ESP 4:08.7
69 Tony Aslangul 32 Australia AUS 4:09.0
70 Theodor Sele 24 Liechtenstein LIE 4:09.5
71 Ibrahim Geagea 31 Lebanon LIB 4:10.0
72 Vicente Vera 19 Chile CHI 4:10.6
73 Ewald Eberle 22 Liechtenstein LIE 4:11.6
74 Nicolae Pandrea 22 Romania ROU 4:12.3
75T René Farwig 20 Bolivia BOL 4:15.0
75T Reza Bazargan Iran IRI 4:15.0
77 Zeki Şamiloğlu 18 Turkey TUR 4:16.6
78 Sergio Navarrete 30 Chile CHI 4:20.3
79 Arturo Hammersley 33 Chile CHI 4:20.4
80 Frank Prihoda 34 Australia AUS 4:31.2
81 Jean Keyrouz Lebanon LIB 4:40.6
82 Mahmoud Beiglou Iran IRI 4:43.9
83 Jaime Talens 22 Spain ESP 4:52.2
84 James Walker Australia AUS 5:21.0
85 Aris Vatimbellas 39 Greece GRE 5:23.6
86 Georges Gereidi Lebanon LIB 5:34.8
87 Christos Papageorgiou 29 Greece GRE 7:24.5
AC Hans Olofsson 27 Sweden SWE DQ
AC Luis Molné 29 Spain ESP DQ
AC Steinþór Jakobsson 24 Iceland ISL DQ
AC Alexandros Vouxinos 36 Greece GRE DQ
AC Benik Amirian Iran IRI DQ
AC Guttorm Berge 26 Norway NOR DQ
AC Mahmut Eroğlu 25 Turkey TUR DQ
AC Jan Thorstensen 22 Norway NOR [3:23.1] DQ