1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Duration:
    January 26 to February 5
  • Nations Participating:
    32 NOCs
  • Events:
    24
  • Competing Athletes:
    821 (687 men, 134 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    35 (27 men, 8 women)
  • Medals Won:
    3 (0 G, 1 S, 2 B)

VII Olympic Winter Games

In 1956, it was Italy’s turn to host the 7th edition of the Olympic Winter Games. For the first time, a woman, Giuliana Minuzzo, read the Olympic oath.

Canadian athletes won three medals at the Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Lucile Wheeler won Canada’s first skiing medal with a bronze in downhill. On these slopes, a new idol was born. Austrian Toni Sailer recorded the first grand slam, winning all events by a wide margin. In the giant slalom, he finished six seconds ahead of his closest pursuer.

The other medals for Canada came from Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden, who won silver in pairs figure skating, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, who took the bronze medal in hockey. Making its first Winter Olympic appearance, the Soviet Union breezed through the hockey tournament unbeaten.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo (alpine skiing)

Olympic Oath (officials): none

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Guido Caroli

Official Opening: President Giovanni Gronchi

Medal Count

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1Soviet Union73616
2Austria43411
3Sweden24410
4Finland3317
5United States2327
6Switzerland3216
7Norway2114
8Italy12 - 3
9Canada - 123
10Unified Team of Germany1 - 12
T12Poland - - 11
T12Hungary - - 11

Canadian Medallists

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SilverFrances Dafoe, Norris BowdenFigure SkatingPairs - Mixed -
BronzeDenis Brodeur, Charles Brooker, William Colvin, James Horne, Arthur Hurst, Byrle Klinck, Paul Knox, Ken Laufman, Howard Lee, James Logan, Floyd Martin, John McKenzie, Donald Rope, George Scholes, Gerry Theberge, Rob White, Keith WoodallIce HockeyMen -
BronzeLucile WheelerSkiing - AlpineDownhill - Women -

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