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Giant Slalom, Men

Date29 January 1956 — 10:30
StatusOlympic
LocationPista Ilio Colli, Pian della Bigontina, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Participants95 from 29 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 71
Length: 2660 m
Start Altitude: 2336 m
Vertical Drop: 623 m

The giant slalom was the first men’s Alpine event in Cortina. It was also the only Cortina Alpine event not held at Ski Resort Tofana, instead taking place over the Illio Colli course on Monte Folaria, the course having been named after a local skier who, while skiing it, had died when he crashed into a tree. The early leader was Anderl Molterer, the sixth starter, whose time of 3:06.3 was 2.2 seconds faster than his teammates, Ernst Hinterseer. Mobbed by the crowd as they congratulated the man they assumed would win gold, Molterer demurred, telling them to wait for Toni. Toni was The Blitz from Kitz, Toni Sailer, the leader of the Austrian team who hailed from Kitzbühel. And lead he did, 12 starters later, his time of 3:00.1 gave him a 6+ second victory, the most dominant win in Olympic Alpine skiing history. It was the first of Sailer’s three gold medal sweep of the Alpine skiing events in Cortina. Molterer would win silver, Walter Schuster completing the Austrian medal sweep in third, the first Olympic medal sweep in Alpine skiing.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
118Toni SailerAUT3:00.1Gold
26Anderl MoltererAUT3:06.3Silver
314Walter SchusterAUT3:07.2Bronze
410Adrien DuvillardFRA3:07.9
529Charles BozonFRA3:08.4
63Ernst HinterseerAUT3:08.5
727Hans-Peter LanigGER3:08.6
815Sepp BehrGER3:11.4
912François BonlieuFRA3:11.8
1013Gino BurriniITA3:12.3
=114Chiharu IgayaJPN3:15.6
=1142Guido GhedinaITA3:15.6
131Ralph Miller, Jr.USA3:15.8
1435Tom CorcoranUSA3:16.0
1530Brooks Dodge, Jr.USA3:16.4
1611Stig SollanderSWE3:17.1
172Georges SchneiderSUI3:17.3
1828Roland BlaesiSUI3:18.2
1921Martin JulenSUI3:18.5
2025Åke NilssonSWE3:21.4
2119Buddy WernerUSA3:21.5
2232Asle SjåstadNOR3:21.6
2337Jan ZaryckiPOL3:22.3
2452Dino PompaninITA3:22.4
2516Bruno BurriniITA3:23.1
2649Peppi SchwaigerGER3:23.5
2720Raymond FellaySUI3:23.9
289Włodzimierz CzarniakPOL3:24.2
2931Olle DalmanSWE3:24.9
307Gérard PasquierFRA3:25.6
3126Jaroslav BogdálekTCH3:27.3
3277Evžen ČermákTCH3:27.7
3351Aleksandr FilatovURS3:27.8
3441Georgi DimitrovBUL3:28.9
3524Józef MarusarzPOL3:29.3
3654Kurt HennrichTCH3:30.4
3775Gheorghe CristoloveanuROU3:30.5
3845Vladimír KrajňákTCH3:31.0
3950André BertrandCAN3:33.1
4040Franc CvenkeljYUG3:33.7
4176Georgi VaroshkinBUL3:33.9
4236Pentti AlonenFIN3:35.0
4365Kalevi HäkkinenFIN3:36.9
4463Petar Ivanov AngelovBUL3:40.0
4568Susumu SugiyamaJPN3:40.8
4671Yury SharkovURS3:41.8
4774Ludvig DornigYUG3:42.4
4843Beni ObermüllerGER3:42.9
4961Muzaffer DemirhanTUR3:44.2
5044Hans Magnus AndresenNOR3:44.7
5172Jože IlijaYUG3:44.8
525Viktor TalyanovURS3:45.2
5360Luis AriasESP3:47.1
5447Andrzej Gąsienica RojPOL3:48.6
5538Gennady ChertishchevURS3:48.9
=5648Eysteinn ÞórðarsonISL3:49.4
=5646Sandy WhitelawGBR3:49.4
5879Nigel GardnerGBR3:51.8
5969Franz BeckLIE3:52.6
6064Einar KristjánssonISL3:53.4
6139Bill DayAUS3:56.9
62100Stefán KristjánssonISL3:59.1
6383Osman YüceTUR3:59.4
6466Noel HarrisonGBR4:00.1
6570Denis FeronBEL4:01.8
6673Robin HooperGBR4:02.2
67104Leopold SchädlerLIE4:03.3
6881Francisco ViladomatESP4:08.7
6958Tony AslangulAUS4:09.0
7078Theodor SeleLIE4:09.5
7197Ibrahim GeageaLBN4:10.0
7284Vicente VeraCHI4:10.6
7387Ewald EberleLIE4:11.6
7482Nicolae PandreaROU4:12.3
=7559René FarwigBOL4:15.0
=7598Reza BazarganIRI4:15.0
7794Zeki ŞamiloğluTUR4:16.6
7893Sergio NavarreteCHI4:20.3
7962Arturo HammersleyCHI4:20.4
8080Frank PrihodaAUS4:31.2
81102Jean KeyrouzLBN4:40.6
8299Mahmoud BeiglouIRI4:43.9
83101Jaime TalensESP4:52.2
8496Jimmy WalkerAUS5:21.0
8591Aris VatimbellaGRE5:23.6
8695Georges GereidiLBN5:34.8
87103Khristos PapageorgiouGRE7:24.5
AC17Hans OlofssonSWEDQ1
AC92Luis MolnéESPDQ
AC89Steinþór JakobssonISLDQ
AC90Alexandros VouxinosGREDQ
AC88Benik AmirianIRIDQ
AC8Guttorm BergeNORDQ
AC67Mahmut EroğluTURDQ
AC53Jan ThorstensenNOR3:23.1DQ