| Event type

Four, Men

Date3 – 4 February 1956 — 8:00
LocationPista del Bob, Ronco, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Participants86 from 12 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 16
Length: 1700 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 153 m

The World Championship winning pilots from 1953 and 1954, Lloyd Johnson of the USA and Fritz Feierabend of Switzerland were not present but the reigning World Champion, Franz Kapus, appeared in Cortina with the same Switzerland I crew that he had steered to victory in 1955.

Whilst the two-man event had been completely dominated by Italy the four-man event was a very different competition. At the end of day one, during which temperatures had dipped to -16° C. (3° F.), four crews were left in contention for the medals. Switzerland I and II topped the leader board in that order with USA I and Italy’s II bob in close proximity. The decisive run was Switzerland I’s third as they blazed down the track over a second faster than their rivals and ensured that victory would be a formality. A disastrous final run from Switzerland II eliminated them from medal contention so it was left to Eugenio Monti’s Italian crew to sneak past American veteran Art Tyler for the second place on the podium.

For winning pilot Franz Kapus, at 46 years of age and in his third Olympics, it was a fitting climax to his career. Kapus remains the oldest man to pilot a bob to Olympic gold and the second oldest, after 48 year old J.J. O’Brien, of any Olympic bobsleigh champion.

PosCompetitorsNOCTimeRun #1Run #2Run #3Run #4
1Switzerland 1SUI5:10.441:18.00 (4)1:17.19 (1)1:17.09 (1)1:18.16 (1)Gold
Franz KapusGottfried DienerRobert AltHeiri Angst
2Italy 2ITA5:12.101:17.69 (2)1:17.97 (4)1:18.13 (2)1:18.31 (2)Silver
Eugenio MontiUlrico GirardiRenzo AlveràRenato Mocellini
3United States 1USA5:12.391:17.75 (3)1:17.87 (3)1:18.25 (3)1:18.52 (3)Bronze
Art TylerBill DodgeTom ButlerJim Lamy
4Switzerland 2SUI5:14.271:17.41 (1)1:17.85 (2)1:18.68 (5)1:20.33 (9)
Max AngstAbi GartmannHarry WarburtonRolf Gerber
5Italy 1ITA5:14.661:18.10 (5)1:18.65 (5)1:18.50 (4)1:19.41 (4)
Dino De MartinGiovanni De MartinGiovanni TabacchiCarlo Da Pra
6Unified Team of Germany 1GER5:18.021:18.61 (6)1:19.04 (8)1:19.43 (7)1:20.94 (13)
Hans RöschMichael PössingerLorenz NieberlSylvester Wackerle, Sr.
7Austria 2AUT5:18.291:19.37 (10)1:19.12 (9)1:20.08 (9)1:19.72 (5)
Kurt LoserthWilfried ThurnerKarl SchwarzböckFrank Dominik
8Unified Team of Germany 2GER5:18.501:19.03 (9)1:18.84 (7)1:19.31 (6)1:21.32 (15)
Franz SchelleJakob NirschlHans HennEdmund Koller
9SpainESP5:19.491:18.87 (7)1:19.27 (10)1:21.37 (17)1:19.98 (6)
Fon, Marqués de PortagoVicente, Marqués SartoriusGonzalo TaboadaLuis Muñoz
10Austria 1AUT5:20.621:19.60 (11)1:20.74 (17)1:19.98 (8)1:20.30 (8)
Karl WagnerFritz RurschAdolf TonnHeinrich Isser
11NorwayNOR5:21.501:20.96 (17)1:20.08 (13)1:20.45 (11)1:20.01 (7)
Arne RøgdenArnold DyrdahlOdd SolliTrygve Brudevold
12Great Britain 1GBR5:22.121:21.39 (20)1:18.73 (6)1:20.42 (10)1:21.58 (16)
Keith SchellenbergRollo BrandtRalph RafflesJohn Rainforth
13Sweden 2SWE5:23.181:20.58 (14)1:20.32 (15)1:21.15 (15)1:21.13 (14)
Kjell HolmströmSven ErbsWalter AronsonJan de Man Lapidoth
14Romania 1ROU5:23.191:21.53 (21)1:20.58 (16)1:20.64 (12)1:20.44 (10)
Heinrich EneaDumitru Frățilă 1Nicolae MoiceanuMărgărit BlăgescuDumitru Peteu 2
15Poland 1POL5:23.491:19.95 (12)1:20.25 (14)1:21.10 (14)1:22.19 (20)
Stefan CiapałaJerzy OlesiakJózef SzymańskiAleksander Habela
16Sweden 1SWE5:23.541:18.95 (8)1:19.98 (12)1:22.75 (21)1:21.86 (18)
Olle AxelsonEbbe WallénSune SkagerlingGunnar Åhs
17Great Britain 2GBR5:23.731:20.72 (16)1:19.92 (11)1:22.51 (19)1:20.58 (12)
Stuart ParkinsonJohn ReadRodney Mann 3Christopher Williams
18FranceFRA5:23.831:20.00 (13)1:21.25 (19)1:20.95 (13)1:21.63 (17)
André RobinPierre BouvierJacques PanciroliLucien Grosso
19United States 2USA5:25.161:20.97 (18)1:22.47 (20)1:21.22 (16)1:20.50 (11)
Jim Bickford, Jr.Donald Jacques, Jr.Larry McKillipHubert Miller
20Romania 2ROU5:27.831:21.21 (19)1:21.22 (18)1:22.37 (18)1:23.03 (21)
Constantin DragomirVasile PanaitIon StaicuGheorghe Moldoveanu
21Poland 2POL5:28.401:20.64 (15)1:23.13 (21)1:22.52 (20)1:22.11 (19)4
Aleksy KoniecznyZygmunt KoniecznyWłodzimierz ŹróbikZbigniew SkowrońskiJan Dombrowski