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

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Snow Stadium, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: February 2, 1956
Date Finished: February 2, 1956

Gold: SWE Sixten Jernberg
Silver: FIN Veikko Hakulinen
Bronze: URS Fyodor Terentyev

Summary

The event was run in very cold weather with temperatures of -10° C. (14° F.) at the start. Vladimir Kuzin, World 50 km. champion from 1954, had shown signs of illness and was withdrawn from the 50 km. race, as the Soviet team leaders chose to save him for the relay two days later. Everybody then expected the 50 km. to be a duel between the defending Olympic champion Veikko Hakulinen and the consistent Swede, Sixten Jernberg, which proved to be correct. Jernberg, with two Olympic silver medals already in his pocket, took the command from the start. Starting five minutes behind his arch rival, he had a clear, but not decisive lead at the halfway point, 35 seconds faster than his Finnish rival. Anatoly Shelyukhin from Soviet was in third place, closely followed by his countryman Fyodor Terentyev, a 30-year old Karelian who came sixth at the 30 km. event six days earlier.

Jernberg steadily increased the gap over Hakulinen and crossed the finish line 1:18 ahead of the defending champion. Terentyev also had a strong finish, passing the fading Shelyukhin by 35 km. and finished as a clear bronze medal winner. Eero Kolehmainen, the silver medalist from 1952, also passed Shelyukhin in the final stage of the race, but had to be content with fourth place. The Soviets again had the strongest team, all four skiers placing among the first seven. The Norwegians had been disappointing in cross-country at Cortina and had another bad day, their best placing a very disappointing 14th place.

Sixten Jernberg was one of the most outstanding long distance skiers in the history of cross-country skiing. Besides winning two Olympic and two World Championships gold medals at the 50 km., he won the famous Vasaloppet twice. However, he was not able to win the prestigious Holmenkollen 50 km., placing second in 1954 and 1964 as his best results in the forest outside Oslo. However, he did claim a victory over 15 km. in 1954.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1 Sixten Jernberg 26 Sweden SWE Gold 2-50:27 33:29 1 1-07:33 1 1-24:11 1 1-46:10 1 2-15:38 1
2 Veikko Hakulinen 31 Finland FIN Silver 2-51:45 33:44 2 1-08:03 2 1-24:46 2 1-46:48 2 2-16:40 2
3 Fyodor Terentyev 30 Soviet Union URS Bronze 2-53:32 34:17 4 1-08:51 4 1-25:31 4 1-47:40 3 2-16:41 3
4 Eero Kolehmainen 37 Finland FIN 2-56:17 34:19 5 1-09:04 5 1-25:55 5 1-48:09 5 2-19:03 5
5 Anatoly Shelyukhin 25 Soviet Union URS 2-56:40 33:52 3 1-08:05 3 1-25:08 3 1-47:43 4 2-17:55 4
6 Pavel Kolchin 26 Soviet Union URS 2-58:00 34:23 6 1-09:46 6 1-27:09 6 1-50:54 6 2-21:29 6
7 Viktor Baranov 27 Soviet Union URS 3-03:55 35:10 10 1-11:45 10 1-29:50 10 1-53:53 10 2-25:20 9
8 Antti Sivonen 27 Finland FIN 3-04:16 34:54 8 1-11:12 9 1-28:49 8 1-52:43 8 2-24:30 8
9 Veini Kontinen 27 Finland FIN 3-06:15 34:29 7 1-10:09 7 1-27:25 7 1-51:00 7 2-22:22 7
10 Sture Grahn 23 Sweden SWE 3-06:32 34:57 9 1-10:48 8 1-28:51 9 1-53:48 9 2-26:18 10
11 Arthur Olsson 29 Sweden SWE 3-10:03 35:20 =11 1-12:10 11 1-30:30 11 1-58:18 =16 2-29:43 12
12 Inge Limberg 33 Sweden SWE 3-10:19 35:20 =11 1-12:34 13 1-30:56 12 1-56:20 13 2-30:43 13
13 Stanisław Bukowski 33 Poland POL 3-10:49 37:26 23 1-15:10 20 1-33:28 19 1-58:29 18 2-30:46 14
14 Oddmund Jensen 27 Norway NOR 3-11:14 36:22 17 1-14:19 17 1-32:38 17 1-58:18 =16 2-31:02 15
15 Edvin Landsem 30 Norway NOR 3-11:43 36:19 16 1-14:07 16 1-32:24 16 1-58:15 15 2-31:08 16
16 Vigilio Mich 24 Italy ITA 3-11:59 35:52 =13 1-12:30 12 1-31:00 14 1-56:08 12 2-29:29 11
17 Gianni Carrara 26 Italy ITA 3-14:39 36:52 21 1-15:13 22 1-33:50 21 1-59:07 20 2-33:11 19
18 Christian Wenger 31 Switzerland SUI 3-17:49 37:57 24 1-20:05 25 1-38:30 24 2-02:35 24 2-35:49 22
19 Fritz Zurbuchen 35 Switzerland SUI 3-19:42 36:41 =18 1-14:20 18 1-32:41 18 1-58:33 19 2-32:18 18
20 Werner Moring 28 Germany GER 3-20:32 36:49 20 1-16:20 23 1-35:32 23 2-01:34 22 2-36:09 23
21 Gioacchino Busin 25 Italy ITA 3-21:05 36:41 =18 1-14:46 19 1-33:37 20 1-59:39 21 2-34:45 21
22 Clarence Servold 28 Canada CAN 3-21:50 35:58 15 1-12:51 14 1-30:59 13 1-55:20 11 2-31:34 17
23 Battista Mismetti 30 Italy ITA 3-23:15 36:56 22 1-15:12 21 1-34:38 22 2-02:00 23 2-36:48 24
24 Alfred Kronig 27 Switzerland SUI 3-23:21 35:52 =13 1-13:48 15 1-31:59 15 1-57:54 14 2-34:30 20
25 Tatsuo Miyao 27 Japan JPN 3-25:47 39:29 26 1-21:09 26 1-40:29 26 2-07:08 27 2-41:26 25
26 Khristo Donchev 27 Bulgaria BUL 3-26:06 38:04 25 1-18:40 24 1-38:37 25 2-05:21 25 2-41:41 26
27 André Huguenin 26 Switzerland SUI 3-31:04 40:18 27 1-21:14 27 1-40:54 27 2-06:44 26 2-43:56 27
28 Tom Cairney 23 Great Britain GBR 3-44:54 42:05 29 1-25:39 29 1-46:22 28 2-15:25 29 2-54:18 28
29 Toby Graham 35 Great Britain GBR 3-48:17 42:00 28 1-25:05 28 1-46:34 29 2-14:57 28 2-55:19 29
30 Richard Aylmer 24 Great Britain GBR 4-11:40 45:00 30 1-32:32 30 1-56:12 30 2-29:56 30 3-13:01 30
AC Birger Vestermo 25 Norway NOR DQ
AC Štefan Robač 24 Yugoslavia YUG DQ
AC Martin Stokken 33 Norway NOR DQ