CORTINA D'AMPEZZO Italy
This charming Alpine resort situated at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, hosted the 1956 winter games. The actress Sophia Loren, at the peak of her career, was Queen of the opening ceremony. The sporting world was introduced to an Italian speciality known as the "tifosis", and the enthusiastic participation of the Italian spectators in the events. Thus, the spectators were to be observed throwing rotten fruit on the Italian skating couple who had failed to win a medal. These games really belonged to the Austrian skier Toni Sailer, who completed the Grand Slam and won three gold medals for Alpine skiing. The Soviets, for whom this was the very first winter Olympics, collected six gold medals.