Switzerland at the
1956 Winter Olympics
Flag of Switzerland.svg
IOC codeSUI
NOCSwiss Olympic Association
Websitewww.swissolympic.ch (in German and French)
in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Competitors59 (51 men, 8 women) in 7 sports
Flag bearerGeorges Schneider
Medals
Ranked 4th
Gold
3
Silver
2
Bronze
1
Total
6
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Switzerland competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Medalists

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Madeleine Berthod Alpine skiing Women's downhill
 Gold Renée Colliard Alpine skiing Women's slalom
 Gold Franz Kapus
Gottfried Diener
Robert Alt
Heinrich Angst
Bobsleigh Four-man
 Silver Raymond Fellay Alpine skiing Men's downhill
 Silver Frieda Dänzer Alpine skiing Women's downhill
 Bronze Max Angst
Harry Warburton
Bobsleigh Two-man

Alpine skiing

Main article: Alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Andreas Ruedi Downhill DSQ
Hans Forrer 3:08.0 13
Roger Staub 2:57.1 4
Raymond Fellay 2:55.7 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Raymond Fellay Giant Slalom 3:23.9 27
Martin Julen 3:18.5 19
Roland Blaesi 3:18.2 18
Georges Schneider 3:17.3 17
Martin Julen Slalom DSQ DSQ
René Rey 1:34.1 19 1:53.6 4 3:27.7 10
Raymond Fellay 1:32.8 13 1:59.3 12 3:32.1 11
Georges Schneider 1:29.0 4 1:53.6 4 3:22.6 5
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hedi Beeler Downhill 1:54.0 25
Rosemarie Reichenbach 1:51.6 15
Frieda Dänzer 1:45.4 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Madeleine Berthod 1:40.7 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Hedi Beeler Giant Slalom DSQ
Annemarie Waser 2:02.3 14
Frieda Dänzer 2:00.9 11
Madeleine Berthod 1:58.3 4
Madeleine Berthod Slalom 1:09.7 (+0:05) 26 58.7 4 2:08.3 17
Hedi Beeler 1:01.9 20 1:03.2 18 2:05.1 15
Freida Dänzer 59.2 12 59.7 9 1:58.9 10
Renée Colliard 55.6 1 56.7 1 1:52.3 1st place, gold medalist(s)

Bobsleigh

Main article: Bobsleigh at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
SUI-1 Max Angst
Harry Warburton
Two-man 1:24.71 5 1:23.81 5 1:24.27 4 1:24.67 4 5:37.46 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
SUI-2 Franz Kapus
Heinrich Angst
Two-man 1:24.74 6 1:24.50 8 1:24.70 6 1:26.17 13 5:40.11 7
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
SUI-1 Franz Kapus
Gottfried Diener
Robert Alt
Heinrich Angst
Four-man 1:18.00 4 1:17.19 1 1:17.09 1 1:18.16 1 5:10.44 1st place, gold medalist(s)
SUI-2 Max Angst
Aby Gartmann
Harry Warburton
Rolf Gerber
Four-man 1:17.41 1 1:17.85 2 1:18.68 5 1:20.33 9 5:14.27 4

Cross-country skiing

Main article: Cross-country skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Erwin Hari 55:06 38
Michel Rey 55:05 36
Victor Kronig 54:43 33
Werner Zwingli 53:40 20
30 km Armand Genoud 2'01:05 41
André Huguenin 1'58:40 34
Fritz Kocher 1'55:18 27
Marcel Huguenin 1'54:36 25
50 km André Huguenin 3'31:04 27
Alfred Kronig 3'23:21 24
Fritz Zurbuchen 3'19:42 19
Christian Wenger 3'17:49 18
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Werner Zwingli
Victor Kronig
Fritz Kocher
Marcel Huguenin
2'24:30 7

Figure skating

Main article: Figure skating at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Hans Müller 12 12 135.28 112 12
François Pache 11 10 139.39 95 11
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Alice Fischer 18 20 137.69 203 18
Karin Borner 15 16 141.69 171 16

Ice hockey

Main article: Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Group C

Top two teams advanced to Medal Round.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 15 4 4
2  Sweden 2 1 1 0 7 10 2
3  Switzerland 2 0 2 0 8 16 0

Games for 7th-10th places

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7  Italy 3 3 0 0 21 7 6
8  Poland 3 2 1 0 12 10 4
9  Switzerland 3 1 2 0 12 18 2
10  Austria 3 0 3 0 9 19 0
Contestants
Christian Conrad
Martin Riesen
Kurt Peter
Georg Riesch
Émile Golaz
Rudolf Keller
Sepp Weingärtner
Paul Hofer
Hans Ott
Franz Berry
Hans Pappa
Fritz Naef
Emil Handschin
Bernhard Bagnoud
Walter Keller
Rätus Frei
Otto Schläpfer

Ski jumping

Main article: Ski jumping at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Rank Points Rank
Francis Perret Normal hill 66.0 86.0 42 64.0 82.5 45 168.5 45
Conrad Rochat 68.5 89.5 40 68.5 87.5 41 177.0 40
Andreas Däscher 82.0 108.0 6 82.0 111.5 2 219.5 6

Speed skating

Main article: Speed skating at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Erich Kull 44.3 40
1500 m Erich Kull 2:21.7 46
Jürg Rohrbach 2:21.7 46
5000 m Jürg Rohrbach 8:39.5 39

References