List of 1956 Winter Olympics medal winners

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A woman does a spiral on skates in a stadium.
Tenley Albright, the American gold medalist in the ladies' singles event in figure skating

The 1956 Winter Olympics, officially known by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the VII Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, from 26 January to 5 February 1956. A total of 821 athletes representing 32 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in these Games in 24 events across 8 disciplines.[1] The Olympic program was similar to four years prior, with two new cross-country events added to the competition. Both men and women competed at these Games, though women only contested events in alpine skiing, figure skating, and cross-country skiing. The Soviet Union attempted to secure the inclusion of a women's speed skating event, but this was rejected by the IOC at its 49th session in Athens in 1954.[2] Women would compete in speed skating four years later at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.[3]

A total of 131 athletes won medals in Cortina d'Ampezzo.[4] In their Winter Olympic debut,[1] athletes from the Soviet Union won sixteen medals, seven of which were gold. Both medal totals were the most of any NOC at the Games. Two of these seven medals were earned in a single event, the 1500 meters speed skating competition, when two Soviet skaters tied for first place in a world record time.[5] Athletes from Austria and Sweden won the second and third most medals, with 11 and 10 respectively. Of the 32 NOCs that competed in Cortina d'Ampezzo, 13 won at least one medal. Host nation Italy won three medals, all in bobsleigh.[6]

Cross-country skier Sixten Jernberg of Sweden won four medals, and Austrian Toni Sailer won three gold medals in alpine skiing, both of which were the most of any athlete in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Tenley Albright improved on her silver medal from four years prior in Oslo to win the gold medal in ladies figure skating.[7] The Soviet Union won six medals—exactly half of the medals awarded—in speed skating, with two each being won by Yevgeny Grishin and Oleg Goncharenko. Grishin would repeat his performance with golds in the same two events four years later in Squaw Valley.[8]

Alpine skiing

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's downhill[9]
details
Toni Sailer
 Austria
Raymond Fellay
 Switzerland
Anderl Molterer
 Austria
Men's giant slalom[10]
details
Toni Sailer
 Austria
Anderl Molterer
 Austria
Walter Schuster
 Austria
Men's slalom[11]
details
Toni Sailer
 Austria
Chiharu Igaya
 Japan
Stig Sollander
 Sweden
Women's downhill[12]
details
Madeleine Berthod
 Switzerland
Frieda Dänzer
 Switzerland
Lucille Wheeler
 Canada
Women's giant slalom[13]
details
Ossi Reichert
 United Team of Germany
Putzi Frandl
 Austria
Thea Hochleitner
 Austria
Women's slalom[14]
details
Renée Colliard
 Switzerland
Regina Schöpf
 Austria
Yevgeniya Sidorova
 Soviet Union

Bobsleigh

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's two-man
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 Italy (ITA)[15]
Italy I
Lamberto Dalla Costa
Giacomo Conti
 Italy (ITA)[15]
Italy II
Eugenio Monti
Renzo Alverà
 Switzerland (SUI)[16]
Switzerland I
Max Angst
Harry Warburton
Men's four-man
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 Switzerland (SUI)[16]
Switzerland I
Franz Kapus
Gottfried Diener
Robert Alt
Heinrich Angst
 Italy (ITA)[15]
Italy II
Eugenio Monti
Ulrico Girardi
Renzo Alverà
Renato Mocellini
 United States (USA)[17]
USA I
Arthur Tyler
William Dodge
Charles Butler
James Lamy

Cross-country skiing

A blacka nd white photo of a standing man, wearing a coat, with his hands on his hips.
Veikko Hakulinen won one gold and two silver medals in the 1956 Winter Olympics.
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 15 km[18]
details
Hallgeir Brenden
 Norway
Sixten Jernberg
 Sweden
Pavel Kolchin
 Soviet Union
Men's 30 km[19]
details
Veikko Hakulinen
 Finland
Sixten Jernberg
 Sweden
Pavel Kolchin
 Soviet Union
Men's 50 km[20]
details
Sixten Jernberg
 Sweden
Veikko Hakulinen
 Finland
Fyodor Terentyev
 Soviet Union
Men's 4×10 km
details
 Soviet Union (URS)[21]
Fyodor Terentyev
Pavel Kolchin
Nikolay Anikin
Vladimir Kuzin
 Finland (FIN)[22]
August Kiuru
Jorma Kortelainen
Arvo Viitanen
Veikko Hakulinen
 Sweden (SWE)[23]
Lennart Larsson
Gunnar Samuelsson
Per-Erik Larsson
Sixten Jernberg
Women's 10 km[24]
details
Lyubov Kozyreva
 Soviet Union
Radya Yeroshina
 Soviet Union
Sonja Edström
 Sweden
Women's 3×5 km
details
 Finland (FIN)[22]
Sirkka Polkunen
Mirja Hietamies
Siiri Rantanen
 Soviet Union (URS)[21]
Lyubov Kozyreva
Alevtina Kolchina
Radya Yeroshina
 Sweden (SWE)[23]
Irma Johansson
Anna-Lisa Eriksson
Sonja Edström

Figure skating

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's[25]
details
Hayes Alan Jenkins
 United States
Ronnie Robertson
 United States
David Jenkins
 United States
Ladies'[26]
details
Tenley Albright
 United States
Carol Heiss
 United States
Ingrid Wendl
 Austria
Pairs
details
 Austria (AUT)[27]
Sissy Schwarz
Kurt Oppelt
 Canada (CAN)[28]
Frances Dafoe
Norris Bowden
 Hungary (HUN)[29]
Marianna Nagy
László Nagy

Ice hockey

A man, in a business suit, sitting, facing the camera.
Wendell Anderson, silver medalist for the United States in ice hockey, would be elected Governor of Minnesota in 1971.[30]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's team
details
 Soviet Union (URS)[31]
Yevgeny Babich
Vsevolod Bobrov
Alexei Guryshev
Nikolay Khlystov
Valentin Kuzin
Yuri Krylov
Alfred Kuchevsky
Grigory Mkrtychan
Viktor Nikiforov
Yuri Pantyukhov
Nikolaï Puchkov
Viktor Shuvalov
Genrikh Sidorenkov
Nikolai Sologubov
Ivan Tregubov
Dmitry Ukolov
Aleksandr Uvarov
 United States (USA)[32]
Wendell Anderson
Wellington Burtnett
Eugene Campbell
Gordon Christian
Bill Cleary
Richard Dougherty
Willard Ikola
John Matchefts
John Mayasich
Daniel McKinnon
Richard Meredith
Weldon Olson
John Pettroske
Kenneth Purpur
Don Rigazio
Richard Rodenheiser
Ed Sampson
 Canada (CAN)[33]
Denis Brodeur
Charles Brooker
William Colvin
Alfred Horne
Art Hurst
Byrle Klinck
Paul Knox
Ken Laufman
Howard Lee
James Logan
Floyd Martin
Jack McKenzie
Donald Rope
George Scholes
Gerry Theberge
Robert White
Keith Woodall

Nordic combined

A man in a blue outfit with his competitor number "33" pinned to it skiing along a course in front of three other men.
Sverre Stenersen, the 1952 bronze medalist in Nordic combined, won gold in Cortina d'Ampezzo.[34]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual[35]
details
Sverre Stenersen
 Norway
Bengt Eriksson
 Sweden
Franciszek Gąsienica Groń
 Poland

Ski jumping

A man, in ski suit, is in flight of a ski jump, he is leaning forwards, in the middle of his jump.
Ski jumping bronze medalist Harry Glaß of the Unified Team of Germany, pictured here in Oberhof, East Germany shortly after the 1956 Olympics
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual[36]
details
Antti Hyvärinen
 Finland
Aulis Kallakorpi
 Finland
Harry Glaß
 United Team of Germany

Speed skating

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 500 metres[37]
details
Yevgeny Grishin
 Soviet Union
Rafayel Grach
 Soviet Union
Alv Gjestvang
 Norway
Men's 1500 metres[5]
details
Yevgeny Grishin
 Soviet Union
None awarded[a] Toivo Salonen
 Finland
Yuri Mikhaylov
 Soviet Union
Men's 5000 metres[38]
details
Boris Shilkov
 Soviet Union
Sigvard Ericsson
 Sweden
Oleg Goncharenko
 Soviet Union
Men's 10000 metres[39]
details
Sigvard Ericsson
 Sweden
Knut Johannesen
 Norway
Oleg Goncharenko
 Soviet Union

Multiple medalists

Sixten Jernberg, left, is being interviewed by another man, on the right, who is holding a microphone.
Sixten Jernberg (left), who represented Sweden in cross-country skiing, won four medals including a gold medal in the 50 km race.

Athletes who won multiple medals during the 1956 Winter Olympics are listed below.

Athlete Nation Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Jernberg, SixtenSixten Jernberg  Sweden (SWE) Cross-country skiing 1 2 1 4
Sailer, ToniToni Sailer  Austria (AUT) Alpine skiing 3 0 0 3
Hakulinen, VeikkoVeikko Hakulinen  Finland (FIN) Cross-country skiing 1 2 0 3
Kolchin, PavelPavel Kolchin  Soviet Union (URS) Cross-country skiing 1 0 2 3
Grishin, YevgenyYevgeny Grishin  Soviet Union (URS) Speed skating 2 0 0 2
Kozyreva, LyubovLyubov Kozyreva  Soviet Union (URS) Cross-country skiing 1 1 0 2
Ericsson, SigvardSigvard Ericsson  Sweden (SWE) Speed skating 1 1 0 2
Terentyev, FyodorFyodor Terentyev  Soviet Union (URS) Cross-country skiing 1 0 1 2
Alverà, RenzoRenzo Alverà  Italy (ITA) Bobsleigh 0 2 0 2
Monti, EugenioEugenio Monti  Italy (ITA) Bobsleigh 0 2 0 2
Yeroshina, RadyaRadya Yeroshina  Soviet Union (URS) Cross-country skiing 0 2 0 2
Molterer, AnderlAnderl Molterer  Austria (AUT) Alpine skiing 0 1 1 2
Edström, SonjaSonja Edström  Sweden (SWE) Cross-country skiing 0 0 2 2
Goncharenko, OlegOleg Goncharenko  Soviet Union (URS) Speed skating 0 0 2 2

See also

Note

  • a No silver medal was awarded in this event because Grishin and Mikhaylov tied for first place with a world record time of 2:08.6.[40]

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