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Cross Country Skiing at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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

Gold: FIN Veikko Hakulinen
Silver: SWE Sixten Jernberg
Bronze: URS Pavel Kolchin

Summary

The 30 km. event was new to the Olympic program, and was organized the day after the Opening Ceremony. The event was first held at the FIS World Championship program at Falun, Sweden in 1954, and at that championship the Soviet skiers made their first international appearance. A 23-year-old skier from Arkhangelsk, Vladimir Kuzin, won ahead of the 1952 50 km. Olympic champion, Veikko Hakulinen. These two were the hottest favorites for an Olympic gold in this new event. Kuzin was definitively the king of cross-country skiing at Falun in 1954, also winning the 50 km. and winning a third gold medal as a member of the gold medal winning Soviet team in the relay.

Under difficult snow conditions, the rising Swedish star Sixten Jernberg, who placed fourth at the distance in Falun two years before, was in front after 10 km., six seconds faster than Hakulinen. The four Soviet skiers were all among the first seven. At 20 km. Hakulinen had taken the lead eight seconds ahead of Jernberg. Pavel Kolchin, a 26-year-old Soviet skier from Dynamo Moskva, was third, followed by his three teammates. Hakulinen, starting last of the favorites, increased his lead over the last 10 km. and won his second Olympic gold medal, 24 seconds ahead of Jernberg. Kolchin took the bronze medal, only one second ahead of another Soviet skier, Anatoly Shelyukin. Kuzin was the fastest finisher of the Soviet skiers and advanced to fifth place, but was over two minutes behind Hakulinen. The Norwegians had a bad day. Their best skier, the 1952 18 km. Olympic Champion Hallgeir Brenden, was a distant 14th, over five minutes behind the winner. Kolchin’s bronze was historic, as it was the first Nordic skiing medal won by a nation other than Finland, Norway, or Sweden.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Veikko Hakulinen 31 Finland FIN Gold 1-44:06 33:00 2 1-08:58 1
2 Sixten Jernberg 26 Sweden SWE Silver 1-44:30 32:54 1 1-09:03 2
3 Pavel Kolchin 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1-45:45 33:29 7 1-09:49 3
4 Anatoly Shelyukhin 25 Soviet Union URS 1-45:46 33:11 3 1-09:56 4
5 Vladimir Kuzin 25 Soviet Union URS 1-46:09 33:32 8 1-10:25 7
6 Fyodor Terentyev 30 Soviet Union URS 1-46:43 33:41 9 1-10:20 5
7 Per-Erik Larsson 26 Sweden SWE 1-46:51 33:16 4 1-10:21 6
8 Lennart Larsson 25 Sweden SWE 1-46:56 33:49 11 1-11:03 9
9 Olavi Latsa 26 Finland FIN 1-47:30 33:28 6 1-10:33 8
10 Ilja Matouš 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-48:12 33:42 10 1-11:09 10
11 Gunnar Samuelsson 28 Sweden SWE 1-48:23 34:05 14 1-12:10 13
12 Tadeusz Kwapień 32 Poland POL 1-49:09 34:01 13 1-11:36 12
13 Federico De Florian 34 Italy ITA 1-49:16 34:09 15 1-12:15 14
14 Hallgeir Brenden 26 Norway NOR 1-49:29 33:59 12 1-12:25 16
15 Martin Stokken 33 Norway NOR 1-49:38 34:40 20 1-12:39 18
16 Josef Prokeš 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-50:49 34:36 18 1-12:21 15
17 Oddmund Jensen 27 Norway NOR 1-51:04 34:33 17 1-14:36 23
18 Jaroslav Cardal 36 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-51:05 34:48 21 1-13:10 =19
19 Per Olsen 23 Norway NOR 1-51:15 34:38 19 1-13:10 =19
20 Kalevi Hämäläinen 23 Finland FIN 1-51:38 33:19 5 1-11:30 11
21 August Kiuru 33 Finland FIN 1-51:56 34:30 16 1-12:35 17
22 René Mandrillon 27 France FRA 1-52:18 35:09 23 1-14:05 21
23 Józef Rubiś 24 Poland POL 1-53:57 35:08 22 1-14:19 22
24 Arrigo Delladio 27 Italy ITA 1-54:27 35:20 25 1-15:19 25
25 Marcel Huguenin 25 Switzerland SUI 1-54:36 36:02 28 1-15:24 26
26 Camillo Zanolli 26 Italy ITA 1-54:42 35:29 =26 1-14:45 24
27 Fritz Kocher 27 Switzerland SUI 1-55:18 35:17 24 1-15:26 27
28 Tatsuo Miyao 27 Japan JPN 1-55:40 36:12 31 1-16:09 29
29 Stanisław Bukowski 33 Poland POL 1-56:26 36:15 32 1-17:15 31
30 Hermann Möchel 31 Germany GER 1-56:34 36:29 34 1-17:18 32
31 Manole Aldescu 26 Romania ROU 1-57:42 36:11 =29 1-17:06 30
32 Matevž Kordež 36 Yugoslavia YUG 1-57:48 36:32 35 1-17:52 33
33 Erich Lindenlaub 25 Germany GER 1-58:30 35:29 =26 1-16:04 28
34 André Huguenin 26 Switzerland SUI 1-58:40 37:43 41 1-18:26 34
35 Paul Romand 25 France FRA 1-59:02 36:55 38 1-18:45 38
36 Constantin Enache 27 Romania ROU 1-59:52 36:28 33 1-18:27 =35
37 Clarence Servold 28 Canada CAN 2-00:01 36:42 37 1-18:35 37
38 Mack Miller 24 United States USA 2-00:38 36:40 36 1-19:00 39
39 Jón Kristjánsson 35 Iceland ISL 2-00:52 37:48 42 1-19:13 41
40 Werner Moring 28 Germany GER 2-00:55 36:11 =29 1-18:27 =35
41 Armand Genoud 25 Switzerland SUI 2-01:05 37:09 39 1-19:02 40
42 Zdravko Hlebanja 26 Yugoslavia YUG 2-01:47 37:26 40 1-19:38 42
43 Khristo Donchev 27 Bulgaria BUL 2-02:10 38:34 43 1-20:51 43
44 Zakharin Grivev 25 Bulgaria BUL 2-03:21 39:18 45 1-21:38 44
45T Štefan Robač 24 Yugoslavia YUG 2-03:55 39:09 44 1-22:05 45
45T Andrew Morgan 21 Great Britain GBR 2-03:55 39:21 46 1-22:33 46
47 John Moore 22 Great Britain GBR 2-08:58 39:34 47 1-23:47 47
48 Oddur Pétursson 24 Iceland ISL 2-10:16 39:49 48 1-24:20 48
49 James Spencer 19 Great Britain GBR 2-10:32 40:42 50 1-26:02 49
50 Buck Levy 24 United States USA 2-10:56 40:25 49 1-26:14 50
51 Tom Cairney 23 Great Britain GBR 2-13:41 42:33 51 1-27:47 51
AC Charles Binaux 27 France FRA DQ
AC Ottavio Compagnoni 29 Italy ITA DQ
AC Janez Pavčič 27 Yugoslavia YUG DQ