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Encyclopedia > 1956 Summer Olympics
Games of the XVI Olympiad

Host city Melbourne, Australia
Stockholm, Sweden
Nations participating 67
Athletes participating 3,184
(2,813 men, 371 women)
Events 145 in 17 sports
Opening ceremony November 22, 1956
June 10, 1956
Closing ceremony December 8, 1956
June 17, 1956
Officially opened by The Duke of Edinburgh
Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden
Athlete's Oath John Landy
Henri Saint Cyr
Olympic Torch Ron Clarke
Hans Wikne
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground

The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. Therefore, these events were held in Stockholm, Sweden, marking the first time that events of the same Olympics were held in different countries. Melbourne had been elected as the host city over rival bids from Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Montreal and six American cities April 28, 1949 on the 43rd IOC session. Image File history File links 1956. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ...   (IPA: ; UN/LOCODE: SE STO) is the capital of Sweden, and consequently the site of its Government and Parliament as well as the residence of the Swedish head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, (Philip Mountbatten; born Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, 10 June 1921) is the husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II. Originally a Prince of Greece and Denmark, Prince Philip abandoned those titles to serve in the Royal Navy, but did not renounce them. ... Gustaf VI Adolf (Oskar Fredrik Wilhelm Olaf Gustaf Adolf) (November 11, 1882 – September 15, 1973) was King of Sweden from 1950 until his death. ... The Olympic Oath is taken by an athlete and a judge at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. ... John Michael Landy AC MBE, (born April 12, 1930) is a former track athlete and the 26th Governor of Victoria, Australia. ... The Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... Australian Ronald William Ron Clarke (born February 21, 1937) was one of the best known middle and long distance runners in the 1960s. ... The Olympic Stadium is the name usually given to the big centrepiece sports arena of the Summer Olympic Games. ... MCG redirects here. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Quarantine, a medical term (from Italian: quaranta giorni, forty days) is the act of keeping people or animals separated for a period of time before, for instance, allowing them to enter another country. ...   (IPA: ; UN/LOCODE: SE STO) is the capital of Sweden, and consequently the site of its Government and Parliament as well as the residence of the Swedish head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf. ... Coordinates: Found 1536, 1580 Mayor Jorge Telerman Area    - City 203 km²  (78. ... Country Mexico State Federal District Municipality Mexico City Founded Seat of the Government Capital of the Nation Head of government Marcelo Ebrard Area    - City km² Population    - City (2005) 8,720,916  - Density 5,741/km² Website: http://www. ... Downton from Mount Royal, winter Motto: Concordia Salus Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 City Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area    - City 366. ... April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... This is the list of International Olympic Committee (IOC) meetings. ...


Many members of the IOC had doubts about Melbourne from the beginning. Its location in the Southern Hemisphere was a big strike against it, since the reversal of seasons would mean the Games were held during the northern winter. This was thought likely to inconvenience northern hemisphere athletes who were accustomed to resting from the rigors of one year and gathering themselves for the rigors of the next. The Southern Hemisphere is the half of a planets surface (or celestial sphere) that is south of the equator (the word hemisphere literally means half ball). On Earth it contains five continents (Antarctica, Australia, most of South America, parts of Africa and Asia) as well as four oceans (South...


But Melbourne was selected, in 1949, to host the 1956 Olympics by a one-vote margin. The first sign of trouble was the revelation that Australian equine quarantine would prevent the country from hosting the equestrian events. Stockholm was selected as the alternate site, so equestrian competition began on June 10, five and a half months before the rest of the Olympic games were to open, half the world away.


Then bickering over financing broke out among Australian politicians. Faced with a housing shortage, the Premier of Victoria refused to allocate money for the Olympic Village (eventually sited in Heidelberg West), and the country's Prime Minister barred the used of federal funds. List of Premiers of Victoria Before the 1890s there was no formal party system in Victoria. ... An Olympic Park is a venue or group of venues set up when a country hosts the Olympic Games. ... Heidelberg West is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Judicial High Court Lower Courts Constitution State and territory governments Executive Governors and Administrators Premiers and Chief Ministers Legislative Parliaments and Assemblies State electoral systems ACT - NSW - NT - Qld. ...


IOC President Avery Brundage suggested that Rome, which was to host the 1960 games, was so far ahead of Melbourne in preparations that it might be ready as a replacement site in 1956. Avery Brundage (September 28, 1887 – May 8, 1975) was an American athlete, sports official, art collector and philanthropist. ...


As late as April of 1955 Brundage was still doubtful about Melbourne, and an inspection trip didn't satisfy him. Construction was well underway by then, thanks to a $4.5 million federal loan to Victoria, but it was behind schedule. He still held out the possibility that Rome might have to step in.


By the beginning of 1956, though, it was obvious that Melbourne would be ready for the Olympics. The question then arose: Would the rest of the world be ready?


Great Britain and France took over the Suez Canal after Israel attacked Egypt. In protest, Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon announced they wouldn't participate in the Olympics. The Soviet Union invaded a rebellious Hungary, leading to the withdrawal of the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland.


Less than two weeks before the Nov. 22 opening ceremony, the People's Republic of China also pulled out because the Republic of China (Taiwan) had been allowed to compete.


Although the number of countries participating was almost the same—67, compared to 69 in 1952—the number of athletes dropped sharply, from 4,925 to 3,342. (Another 158 athletes from 29 countries took part in the Stockholm equestrian competition.)


Once the games were underway, though, they certainly went well. The Aussies were excellent hosts, both friendly and efficient. They were also well represented in competition. Betty Cuthbert, an 18-year-old from Sydney, won the 100- and 200-metre dashes and ran a great final leg in the 4 x 100-meter relay to overcome Great Britain's lead and claim her third gold medal. The veteran Shirley Strickland repeated in the 80-metre hurdles and also ran on the relay team, running her career total to seven, three golds, a silver, and three bronze medals. Shirley Barbara Strickland (July 18, 1925 – February 11, 2004), later Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, was an Australian athlete. ...


But it was in swimming that the Australians really shone. They won all of the freestyle races, men's and women's, and collected a total of eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals. Murray Rose became the first male swimmer to win two freestyle events since Johnny Weissmuller in 1924, while Dawn Fraser won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and as the leadoff swimmer on the 4 x 100-meter relay team.


Controversial judging prevented the United States from winning all four diving events, which had become almost customary. Pat McCormick again took gold medals in both the springboard and the platform, and Bob Clotworthy won the men's springboard. However, Gary Tobian was given unusually low scores by the Russian and Hungarian judges, and he finished second by just .03 to Mexico Joaquim Capilla in the platform event.


United States men dominated track and field. They not only won 15 of 24 events, they swept four of them and finished first and second in five others. Bobby Joe Morrow led the way with gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4 x 100-meter relay. Tom Courtney barely overtook Great Britain's Derek Johnson in the 800-meter run, then collapsed from the exertion and needed medical attention. Bobby Joe Morrow (born October 15, American athlete, winner of three Olympic gold medals in 1956. ... Derek Johnson (January 5, 1933 - August 30, 2004) was a British athlete. ...


Vladimir Kuts of the Soviet Union ran away from his competition in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, while Ireland's Ron Delaney ran a brilliant 53.8 over the last 400 meters to win the 1,500-meter run, in which favorite John Landy of Australia finished third. Vladimir Petrovich Kuts (Владимир Петрович Куц) (February 7, 1927-August 16, 1975) was a Soviet long distance runner. ... John Michael Landy AC MBE, (born April 12, 1930) is a former track athlete and the 26th Governor of Victoria, Australia. ...


There was a major upset, marred briefly by controversy, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Little-known Chris Brasher of Great Britain finished well ahead of the field, but judges announced that he was disqualified for interfering with Norway's Ernst Larsen, and they anointed Sandor Rozsnyoi of Hungary as the winner. Brasher's appeal, remarkably, was supported by Larsen, Rozsnyoi, and fourth-place finisher Heinz Laufer of Germany. The decision was reversed and Brasher became the first Briton to win a gold medal in track and field since 1932.


Only two world records were set in track and field. Mildred McDaniel, the only American woman to win gold in the sport, set a high jump record of 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches, and Egil Danielsen of Norway overcame a troublesome wind with a remarkable javelin throw of 281 feet, 2 1/2 inches.


Throughout the Olympics, Hungarian athletes were cheered by fans from Australia and other countries. Many of them gathered in the boxing arena when thirty-year-old Laszlo Papp of Hungary won his third gold medal by beating Jose Torres for the light-middleweight championship.


A few days later, the crowd was with the Hungarian water polo team in its match against the Soviet Union which became known as the Blood In The Water match. The game became rough and, when a Hungarian was forced to leave the pool with blood streaming from a cut over his eye, a riot almost broke out. But police restored order and the game was called early, with Hungary leading 4-0. The Hungarians went on to win the gold medal. Ervin Zador after the match The Blood In The Water match was a water polo match between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and is arguably the most famous match in water polo history. ...


Despite the international tensions of 1956--or perhaps because of them--the Australian organizers came up with a new idea for the closing ceremony. Instead of marching as teams, behind their national flags, the athletes mingled with one another as they paraded into and around the arena for a final appearance before the spectators. That began an Olympic tradition that has been followed ever since.

Contents

Highlights

  • Because Melbourne is in the southern hemisphere, the Olympics were held later in the year than former Olympics held in the northern hemisphere. The dates fitted the southern hemisphere season.
  • Two international events led to nations boycotting the Olympics. The first was the British and French involvement in the Suez Crisis, which led to the absence of Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq. The Soviet handling of the Hungarian revolution led to the absence of Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Hungary and the Soviet Union were themselves present, which among others led to a hotly contested and violent water polo encounter between the nations. In total, 45 Hungarians defected to the West after the Olympics. A third boycott came from the People's Republic of China, which protested against presence of the Republic of China (under the name Formosa).
  • Athletes from both East and West Germany competed in a combined team. This remarkable combination would disappear at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
  • Australian runner Betty Cuthbert became the "Golden Girl" by winning three track gold medals. Her performance was equalled by sprinter Bobby Joe Morrow.
  • Another Australian, Murray Rose, won three gold medals in swimming.
  • Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts won both the 5000 and 10000 m.
  • Inspired by Australian teenager John Wing, an Olympic tradition began when athletes of different nations are allowed to parade together at the closing ceremony, instead of with their national teams, as a symbol of world unity.
During the Games there will be only one nation. War, politics and nationalities will be forgotten. What more could anybody want if the world could be made one nation.
—Extract from a letter by John Ian Wing to the Olympic organisers, 1956
  • Laszlo Papp defends his light-middle weight boxing title.
  • The games were nicknamed "the Friendly Games."

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Olympic Flame Relay

Torch Relay monument, Cairns
Torch Relay monument, Cairns

The Olympic Flame was relayed to Melbourne after being lit at Olympia on 2 November 1956. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (600x800, 194 KB) 1956_Summer_Olympics Olympic Flame Relay monument, Cairns, Queensland, [[Australia] Sited on the waterfront. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (600x800, 194 KB) 1956_Summer_Olympics Olympic Flame Relay monument, Cairns, Queensland, [[Australia] Sited on the waterfront. ... The Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... November 2 is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 59 days remaining. ...

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Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

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Demonstration sports

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Participating nations

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A total of 67 nations competed in Melbourne. Ethiopia, Fiji, Kenya, Liberia, Malaya (now part of Malaysia), North Borneo (also now part of Malaysia), and Uganda made their Olympic debut. Athletes from East Germany and West Germany competed together as the United Team of Germany, an arrangement that would last until 1968. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1357x628, 29 KB) Countries which participated in the 1956 Summer Olympics, as listed at the olympic games museum, derived from blank world map. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1357x628, 29 KB) Countries which participated in the 1956 Summer Olympics, as listed at the olympic games museum, derived from blank world map. ... The Federation of Malaya, or in Malay Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, was formed in 1948 from the British settlements of Penang and Malacca and the nine Malay states and replaced the Malayan Union. ... North Borneo was a British Protectorate and later Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, situated in what is now the province of Sabah Malaysia. ... Anthem: Auferstanden aus Ruinen Capital East Berlin, in spite of status as part of an occupied city Language(s) German Government Socialist state Head of State  - 1990 Sabine Bergmann-Pohl Head of Government  - 1990 Lothar de Maizière Historical era Cold War  - Established October 7 1949  - Final Settlement September 25... The Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is one of the worlds leading industrialized countries, located in the heart of Europe. ...

Five nations competed in the equestrian events in Stockholm, but did not attend the Games in Melbourne: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1615x1062, 108 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Iran national football team Flag of Afghanistan Luxembourg national football team Afghanistan national football team Afghanistan... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Austria. ... Image File history File links Bahamasflag. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bermuda. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_British_guiana_1919-1954. ... Guyana competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia under its former name, British Guiana. ... 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Image File history File links Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia. ... Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia under the IOC country code YUG. It was the ninth appearance of the European nation, which made its Olympic debut in 1912. ... The Equestrian Events were held in Stockholm due to the Australian quarentine regulations. ...

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Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games. This is the full table of the medal count of the 1956 Summer Olympics. ...

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union Soviet Union 37 29 32 98
2 United States United States 32 25 17 74
3 Australia Australia (host nation) 13 8 14 35
4 Hungary Hungary 9 10 7 26
5 Italy Italy 8 8 9 25
6 Sweden Sweden 8 5 6 19
7 United Team of Germany United Team of Germany 6 13 7 26
8 Great Britain Great Britain 6 7 11 24
9 Romania Romania 5 3 5 13
10 Japan 4 10 5 19

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Buildings from the Olympics

Former Olympic Pool, Melbourne (now the heritage registered Lexus Centre from the Yarra River.

The Olympics left Melbourne with some landmark buildings. The Olympic Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was demolished in 2004. However, the former Olympic Pool remains as the Lexus Centre as part of the Olympic Park complex. The former athlete's village in Heidelberg, Victoria remains as public housing. Image File history File linksMetadata Melbourne_olmpic_pool_(lexus_centre). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Melbourne_olmpic_pool_(lexus_centre). ... Lexus Centre, originally known as the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre and The Glass House, was an indoor sporting arena located in Melbourne, Australia. ... Melbourne as seen from south-east side along the Yarra River, home of many rowers and active crew teams The Yarra River is a river in southern Victoria (Australia); it is the river on which the city of Melbourne was founded. ... MCG redirects here. ... Lexus Centre, originally known as the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre and The Glass House, was an indoor sporting arena located in Melbourne, Australia. ... Olympic Park is a sporting precinct located a few kilometres from the CBD of Melbourne, Australia. ... Heidelberg Shops Heidelberg Arms Heidelberg Shops Artists Trail sign at Heidelberg Heidelberg is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


See also

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External links

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