1956 Summer Olympics

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Games of the Template:Roman Olympiad
Host city Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nations TBD
Athletes TBD
Events 151
Opening 22 November 1956
Closing 8 December 1956
Opened by
Mayor Luis María de la Torre Campos
Cauldron
Stadium Estadio Monumental
Summer
Helsinki 1952 Rome 1960
Winter
Cortina 1956 Squaw Valley 1960

The 1956 Summer Olympics , officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1956. The 1956 Games were the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere and South America, as well as the first to be held outside Europe and North America.

Host city selection[edit | edit source]

Buenos Aires was selected as the host city over bids from Melbourne, Mexico City, Montreal and four American cities on 28 April 1949, at the 43rd IOC Session in Rome, Italy.

1956 Summer Olympics bidding results
City Country Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Buenos Aires Flag of Argentina Argentina 12 14 16 22
Melbourne Flag of Australia Australia 14 18 18 19
Los Angeles Flag of United States United States 5 3 3
Detroit Flag of United States United States 4 4 4
Mexico City Flag of Mexico Mexico 6 2
Chicago Flag of United States United States 0
Philadelphia Flag of United States United States 0
Montreal Flag of Canada Canada 0

Venues[edit | edit source]

Venue Sports Capacity
Estadio Monumental Athletics, opening and closing ceremonies 100,000
Club Hípico Argentino Equestrian
Estadio Argentinos Juniors Field Hockey
Centro Acuático Olímpico Diving, Swimming, Water polo 1,500 (only 600 seats, only the west part finished for the games)
Puerto Madero Rowing, Canoeing
Parque Tres de Febrero Cycling
Puerto de Olivos Sailing
Estadio Luna Park Boxing, Wrestling, Weightlifting 8,400
Grandes Salones Olímpicos Basketball, Cycling, Gymnastics
Fencing, Shooting
Main 16,000
Annex 4,500 (for each hall)

The Olympic village is located between Palermo and Colegiales barrios.

Sports[edit | edit source]

The 1956 Summer Olympic programme featured 151 events in the following 17 sports:

Medal count[edit | edit source]

  *   Host nation (Argentina)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union38252992
2 United States28271671
3 Hungary109827
4 Australia99725
5 Italy810422
6 Germany77721
7 Sweden64818
8 Great Britain581326
9 France441119
10 Finland44614
11 Argentina*4149
12 Japan38617
13 Turkey3227
14 Romania26614
15 Czechoslovakia2237
 Iran2237
17 Netherlands2215
18 Ireland2114
19 New Zealand2013
 Norway2013
 Yugoslavia2013
22 Poland13812
23 Bulgaria1315
24 Canada1124
25 Spain1102
26 Iceland1001
 Mexico1001
 Pakistan1001
29 Chile0224
30 Bahamas0213
31 Belgium0202
 Denmark0202
33 South Africa0112
34 Brazil0101
 India0101
36 Austria0011
 Greece0011
 Switzerland0011
 Trinidad and Tobago0011
 United Arab Republic0011
Totals (40 nations)152150158460

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Helsinki
Summer Olympic Games
Buenos Aires

XVI Olympiad (1956)
Succeeded by
Rome

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