1956

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, ITALY

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

The ’56 Win­ter Games were the first broad­cast to a multi­na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence, and many of the fa­cil­i­ties were de­signed with that in mind. On Jan. 26, after Ital­ian pres­i­dent Gio­vanni Gronchi de­clared the Games open, speed­skater Guido Caroli en­tered the sta­dium carrying the Olympic torch with which he was to light the flame — and tripped and fell over a mi­cro­phone ca­ble, mo­men­tar­ily drop­ping the torch.

Canada claimed a sil­ver medal in pairs fig­ure skat­ing, and two bronze medals, in men’s hockey and women’s down­hill.

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The Bri­tish two-man bob­sled team greets passersby in the streets of Cortina d’Ampezzo, on the eve of the open­ing cer­e­monies in 1956.

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