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Bobsleigh at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Date Started: January 27, 1956
Date Finished: February 4, 1956
Events: 2

Participants: 101 (101 men and 0 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR John Rainsforth (21 years, 48 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Karl Wagner (48 years, 271 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Renzo Alverà and ITA Eugenio Monti (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (3 medals)

Overview

The history of bobsledding at Cortina dated back half a century although competition began in rather primitive conditions on a snow covered mountain road. The Olympic course was originally built in 1923 then modernised in 1936 to a standard where it rivaled the more established European tracks. The track hosted World Championships in 1937 (two man) and 1939 (four man) and, after a further upgrade to the track in 1948, again in 1950 and 1954. The Olympic course of sixteen curves measured 1.7 km with a vertical drop of 153m.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Two ITA Italy-1 ITA Italy-2 SUI Switzerland-1
Men's Four SUI Switzerland-1 ITA Italy-2 USA United States-1