1956 Winter Olympics Had Too Little Snow

“A light snow began falling to- day on Cortina’s craggy, snow- Starved slopes, raising hopes for ‘successful competition. It was the first snow in 15 days.

Officials already had planned to go ahead with skiing events on mountain Slopes surrounding the village but skiers reported the snow thin and dangerously fast.


– French ski manager Maurice ‘Martel warned that the downhill event next week will be “a race. ‘of death if it doesn’t snow soon.” U. S. coach Bob Sheehan issued crash helmets to his skiers. And women’s Olympic ski champ Andrea Mead Lawrence of Parshall, ‘Colo., who usually likes to ski on ice, admitted, “This ice is too rough even for me.”

Italian Olympic officials switched the women’s giant slalom event to a fresh site and hoped for snow. Just in case, more than 100 Italian ski troopers were up at dawn today shoveling snow onto the downhill run.

25 Jan 1956, Page 29 – Press and Sun-Bulletin at Newspapers.com

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One Response to 1956 Winter Olympics Had Too Little Snow

  1. arn says:

    What they like to ‘forget’ these days
    when they complain about no snow or cancelled ski races
    is that todays seasons are way longer and that there are way more races.
    Nowadays there are around 35 while during the good old times it barely reached double digits
    and increased as result of artificial snow machines which started
    around the same time when global cooling did.

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