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