Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: January 29, 1956
Date Finished: February 1, 1956
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.
After Dick Button’s retirement from the amateur ranks, Hayes Jenkins took over as the leading male figure skater, winning the world title in 1953, 1954 and 1955. The US skaters dominated the men’s figure skating at the World Championships in this period, allowing the Europeans only two bronze medals, Carlo Fassi of Italy in 1953 and the French youngster Alain Giletti in 1954.
Hayes Jenkins was as usual the best skater in the compulsory part of the event. His teammate Ronnie Robertson, an excellent spinner and jumper, was the best skater in the free skating, but Jones succeeded in winning the gold medal, closely followed by Robertson. Hayes younger brother David Jenkins (19) made the day for the Jenkins’ family by winning the bronze medal ahead of Alain Giletti of France, European Champion since 1954.
If there ever was a boy star in figure skating, Alain Giletti must be a strong candidate. He won his first national senior championship in 1951, aged 11, placing 7 at the 1952 Games aged 12 and taking his first of 5 European titles in 1954, aged 14.
|1||Hayes Jenkins||22||United States||USA||Gold||6×1+||13.0||1,497.95|
|2||Ronnie Robertson||18||United States||USA||Silver||8×2+||16.0||1,492.15|
|3||David Jenkins||19||United States||USA||Bronze||7×3+||27.0||1,465.41|
|5||Michael Booker||18||Great Britain||GBR||7×6+||53.5||1,388.38|