Alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the VII Olympic Winter Games
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Venue Tofana and Faloria (men's GS)
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Dates27 January – 3 February 1956
No. of events6
Competitors183 from 29 nations
  1952
1960  

At the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, the six alpine skiing events were held from Friday, 27 January to Friday, 3 February. [1] [2]

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Toni Sailer of Austria won all three men's events to become the first alpine ski racer to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. The feat has been repeated once, by Jean-Claude Killy in 1968.

The races were held at the adjacent Tofana, except for the men's giant slalom, which was held at Monte Faloria. The men's downhill was the final event. [1]


Medal summary

Men's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Toni Sailer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2:52.2 Raymond Fellay
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
2:55.7 Anderl Molterer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2:56.2
Giant Slalom
details
Toni Sailer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
3:00.1 Anderl Molterer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
3:06.3 Walter Schuster
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
3:07.2
Slalom
details
Toni Sailer
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
3:14.7 Chiharu Igaya
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
3:18.7 Stig Sollander
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
3:20.2

Source: [1]

Women's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Madeleine Berthod
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:40.7 Frieda Dänzer
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:45.4 Lucille Wheeler
Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada
1:45.9
Giant Slalom
details
Ossi Reichert
Flag of Germany.svg  United Team of Germany
1:56.5 Putzi Frandl
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:57.8 Thea Hochleitner
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:58.2
Slalom
details
Renée Colliard
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:52.3 Regina Schöpf
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:55.4 Yevgeniya Sidorova
Flag of the Soviet Union (1955-1980).svg  Soviet Union
1:56.7

Source: [1]

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3339
2Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 2204
3Flag of Germany.svg  United Team of Germany 1001
4Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 0101
5Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 0011
Flag of the Soviet Union (1955-1980).svg  Soviet Union 0011
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0011
Totals (7 nations)66618

Course information

DateRaceStart
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Fri  3-Feb Downhill - men 2,282 m (7,487 ft) 1,380 m (4,528 ft) 902 m (2,959 ft) 3.461 km (2.151 mi)
Wed  1-Feb Downhill - women 2,114 m (6,936 ft) 1,612 m (5,289 ft) 502 m (1,647 ft) 1.552 km (0.964 mi)
Sun 29-Jan Giant Slalom - men 2,336 m (7,664 ft) 1,713 m (5,620 ft) 623 m (2,044 ft) 2.660 km (1.653 mi)
Fri 27-Jan Giant Slalom - women 2,020 m (6,627 ft) 1,612 m (5,289 ft) 408 m (1,339 ft) 1.366 km (0.849 mi)
Tue 31-Jan Slalom - men 1,748 m (5,735 ft) 1,497 m (4,911 ft) 251 m (823 ft) 0.617 km (0.383 mi)
Mon 30-Jan Slalom - women 1,673 m (5,489 ft) 1,498 m (4,915 ft) 175 m (574 ft) 0.456 km (0.283 mi)

Source: [1]

World championships

From 1948 through 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988.

Combined

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References

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