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

Women's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Canalone, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: January 27, 1956
Date Finished: January 27, 1956

Gold: GER Ossi Reichert
Silver: AUT Putzi Frandl
Bronze: AUT Thea Hochleitner

Summary

This was the first Alpine event of the Cortina Winter Olympics. Ossi Reichert had been silver medalist in the slalom at the Oslo Winter Olympcs, but having an injured an ankle in 1954, she was unable to compete at that year’s World Championships. The 1954 giant slalom World Champion was France’s Lucienne Schmith, but she did not compete in Cortina. Reichert was the first starter and she left little suspense as her time of 1:56.5 held up for the gold medal, winning by 1.3 seconds over Austrian Josefine “Putzi” Frandl.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ossi Reichert 30 Germany GER Gold 1:56.5
2 Putzi Frandl 25 Austria AUT Silver 1:57.8
3 Thea Hochleitner 30 Austria AUT Bronze 1:58.2
4T Andrea Mead-Lawrence 23 United States USA 1:58.3
4T Madeleine Chamot-Berthod 24 Switzerland SUI 1:58.3
6 Lucile Wheeler 21 Canada CAN 1:58.6
7 Borghild Niskin 31 Norway NOR 1:59.0
8 Marysette Agnel 29 France FRA 1:59.4
9 Regina Schöpf 20 Austria AUT 2:00.6
10 Josette Nevière 22 France FRA 2:00.8
11 Frieda Dänzer 24 Switzerland SUI 2:00.9
12 Marianne Seltsam 23 Germany GER 2:01.4
13 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo 24 Italy ITA 2:01.5
14T Inger Bjørnbakken 22 Norway NOR 2:02.3
14T Madeleine Front 25 France FRA 2:02.3
14T Annemarie Waser 15 Switzerland SUI 2:02.3
17 Anna Pellissier 28 Italy ITA 2:02.4
18 Paule Moris 23 France FRA 2:02.5
19 Hannelore Glaser-Franke 23 Germany GER 2:02.7
20 Maria Kowalska 26 Poland POL 2:02.8
21 Addie Pryor 26 Great Britain GBR 2:03.1
22T Astrid Sandvik 16 Norway NOR 2:04.0
22T Gladys Werner 22 United States USA 2:04.0
24 Inger Jørgensen 25 Norway NOR 2:04.4
25 Ingrid Englund 29 Sweden SWE 2:04.5
26 Eivor Berglund 20 Sweden SWE 2:04.9
27 Mirl Buchner 31 Germany GER 2:05.0
28 Maria Grazia Marchelli 23 Italy ITA 2:05.2
29 Anne Heggtveit 17 Canada CAN 2:05.3
30 Barbara Grocholska 28 Poland POL 2:05.5
31 Vivi-Anne Wassdahl 23 Sweden SWE 2:06.4
32 Slava Zupančič 24 Yugoslavia YUG 2:07.9
33 Trude Klecker 29 Austria AUT 2:08.5
34 Penny Pitou 17 United States USA 2:10.4
35 Maria Gąsienica Daniel-Szatkowska 19 Poland POL 2:10.9
36 Ginette Seguin 21 Canada CAN 2:16.6
37 Christine Davy 21 Australia AUS 2:17.3
38 Renate Holmes 26 Great Britain GBR 2:19.0
39 Magdalena Marotineanu 24 Romania ROU 2:21.0
40 Yevgeniya Kabina-Sidorova 25 Soviet Union URS 2:31.3
41 Jakobína Jakobsdóttir 23 Iceland ISL 2:39.4
42 Jocelyn Wardrop-Moore 23 Great Britain GBR 2:39.8
43 Elena Epuran 24 Romania ROU 3:20.5
44 Aleksandra Artyomenko 28 Soviet Union URS 4:04.5
AC Hedi Beeler 24 Switzerland SUI DQ
AC Carlyn Kruger 19 Canada CAN DQ
AC Vera Schenone 15 Italy ITA DQ
AC Jeanne Sandford 29 Great Britain GBR DQ
AC Betsy Snite 17 United States USA DQ