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Bobsleigh at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games:

Men's Four

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Bobsleigh Run, Ronco, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: February 3, 1956
Date Finished: February 4, 1956
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: SUI Switzerland-1
Silver: ITA Italy-2
Bronze: USA United States-1


The World Championship winning pilots from 1953 and 1954, Lloyd Johnson of the USA and [Fritz Feierabend] of Switzerland were not present but the reigning World Champion, [Franz Kapus], appeared in Cortina with the same Switzerland I crew that he had steered to victory in 1955.

Whilst the two-man event had been completely dominated by Italy the four-man event was a very different competition. At the end of day one, during which temperatures had dipped to -16° C. (3° F.), four crews were left in contention for the medals. Switzerland I and II topped the leader board in that order with USA I and Italy’s II bob in close proximity. The decisive run was Switzerland I’s third as they blazed down the track over a second faster than their rivals and ensured that victory would be a formality. A disastrous final run from Switzerland II eliminated them from medal contention so it was left to [Eugenio Monti]’s Italian crew to sneak past American veteran [Art Tyler] for the second place on the podium.

For winning pilot [Franz Kapus], at 46 years of age and in his third Olympics, it was a fitting climax to his career. Kapus remains the oldest man to pilot a bob to Olympic gold and the second oldest, after 48 year old [J.J. O’Brien], of any Olympic bobsleigh champion.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Switzerland-1 SUI Gold 5:10.44
2 Italy-2 ITA Silver 5:12.10
3 United States-1 USA Bronze 5:12.39
4 Switzerland-2 SUI 5:14.27
5 Italy-1 ITA 5:14.66
6 Germany-1 GER 5:18.02
7 Austria-2 AUT 5:18.29
8 Germany-2 GER 5:18.50
9 Spain ESP 5:19.49
10 Austria-1 AUT 5:20.62
11 Norway NOR 5:21.50
12 Great Britain-1 GBR 5:22.12
13 Sweden-2 SWE 5:23.18
14 Romania-1 ROU 5:23.19
15 Poland-1 POL 5:23.49
16 Sweden-1 SWE 5:23.54
17 Great Britain-2 GBR 5:23.73
18 France FRA 5:23.83
19 United States-2 USA 5:25.16
20 Romania-2 ROU 5:27.83
21 Poland-2 POL 5:28.40