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Downhill, Men

Date 3 February 1956 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationPista Olimpia, Gillardon, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Participants75 from 27 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 15
Length: 3461 m
Start Altitude: 2282 m
Vertical Drop: 902 m

This was the last Alpine event at the Cortina Olympics and Austria’s Toni Sailer came into it having already won the slalom and giant slalom. Sailer expected to win, as he held the course record for the Olimpia run on Tofana. But only a few minutes before he started, Sailer broke a strap on his boots. Aided by Italian team trainer Hans Senger, Sailer was able to fix his boot in time to start. Going off as the 14th starter, the leader at the time was Germany’s Hans Peter Lanig, but Sailer bested his time by 7.6 seconds. It led to an easy victory for him as only three skiers came within five seconds of his time, with Switzerland’s Raymond Fellay second and Sailer’s teammate, Anderl Molterer, third. Acclaimed the greatest Alpine skier ever, Sailer succeeded Stein Eriksen as the sport’s superstar. In 1958 at the World Championships in Bad Gastein, he would win three of the four gold medals, failing only in the slalom where he took silver. He then turned professional and used his movie-star good looks to spend several years as an actor and singer.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
114Toni SailerAUT2:52.2Gold
225Raymond FellaySUI2:55.7Silver
320Anderl MoltererAUT2:56.2Bronze
421Roger StaubSUI2:57.1
57Hans-Peter LanigGER2:59.8
611Gino BurriniITA3:00.2
746Kurt HennrichTCH3:01.5
817Charles BozonFRA3:01.9
923Bruno BurriniITA3:02.4
109Stig SollanderSWE3:05.4
114Buddy WernerUSA3:05.8
1231Sepp BehrGER3:07.7
1316Hans ForrerSUI3:08.0
1435Asle SjåstadNOR3:08.8
1512Andrzej Gąsienica RojPOL3:09.3
1632Aleksandr FilatovURS3:16.6
1738Evžen ČermákTCH3:18.0
1862Georgi DimitrovBUL3:18.1
1929Karl ZillibillerGER3:21.6
201Peppi SchwaigerGER3:22.2
2115Viktor TalyanovURS3:26.5
2255Franc CvenkeljYUG3:28.5
2350Kalevi HäkkinenFIN3:29.2
2460Georgi VaroshkinBUL3:30.0
2533André BertrandCAN3:31.2
2658Franz BeckLIE3:36.8
2748Petar Ivanov AngelovBUL3:38.5
2844Susumu SugiyamaJPN3:39.1
2936Ludvig DornigYUG3:41.1
3087Charlach MackintoshGBR3:41.4
3184Nicolae PandreaROU3:46.5
3242Lars MattssonSWE3:50.4
3363Muzaffer DemirhanTUR3:52.2
3445Nigel GardnerGBR4:00.7
3554Bill DayAUS4:02.0
3653Francisco ViladomatESP4:02.1
3791Luis MolnéESP4:08.9
3889Denis FeronBEL4:16.6
3972Mahmoud BeiglouIRI4:22.0
4085Leopold SchädlerLIE4:23.7
4179Vicente VeraCHI4:25.4
4269Ibrahim GeageaLBN4:33.1
4381Jean KeyrouzLBN4:57.6
4477Benik AmirianIRI5:02.7
4573Max, Prince von HohenloheLIE5:15.8
4690Aris VatimbellaGRE5:44.2
4792Khristos PapageorgiouGRE8:03.2
AC2Josl RiederAUTDQ
AC3Ralph Miller, Jr.USADQ
AC5Lino ZecchiniITADQ
AC6Bill BeckUSADQ
AC8Walter SchusterAUTDQ
AC10Chiharu IgayaJPNDQ
AC13René ColletFRADQ
AC18Adrien DuvillardFRADQ
AC22André SimondFRADQ
AC24Andreas RüediSUIDQ
AC30Jan ZaryckiPOLDQ
AC37Paride MiliantiITADQ
AC39Marvin MelvilleUSADQ
AC43Kåre OpdalNORDQ
AC47Vladimír KrajňákTCHDQ
AC49Trygve BergeNORDQ
AC51Sergey ShustovURSDQ
AC56Osman YüceTURDQ
AC57Jože IlijaYUGDQ
AC59Jaroslav BogdálekTCHDQ
AC61Pentti AlonenFINDQ
AC64Gheorghe CristoloveanuROUDQ
AC65Gennady ChertishchevURSDQ
AC71Robin Brock-HollinsheadGBRDQ
AC74Hermann KindleLIEDQ
AC80Jaime TalensESPDQ
AC86Reza BazarganIRIDQ
AC93Douglas MackintoshGBRDQ
DNS19Guttorm BergeNOR
DNS25Roland BlaesiSUI
DNS34Jan Gąsienica CiaptakPOL
DNS52Einar KristjánssonISL
DNS66Eysteinn ÞórðarsonISL
DNS70Zeki ŞamiloğluTUR
DNS75Luis AriasESP
DNS76Tony AslangulAUS
DNS78Alexandros VouxinosGRE
DNS82Mahmut EroğluTUR
DNS83Frank PrihodaAUS
DNS88Jimmy WalkerAUS