"Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind." - Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind." - Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jan. 26, 1956 - The Winter Olympics opened in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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This celebration of the Games was held from 26 January to 5 February 1956. The city was originally slated to host the 1944 event but that was cancelled due to World War II. The Cortina Games were unique in that all of the venues except one were within walking distance of each other.

Thirty-two nations—the largest number of participating Winter Olympic countries to that point—competed in the four disciplines and twenty-four events. The Soviet Union made its Winter Olympics debut and won more medals than any nation. Austrian Toni Sailer became the first person to sweep all three alpine skiing events in a single Olympics. The figure skating competition was held outdoors for the last time at these Games. Logistically, the only problem encountered was a lack of snow at the alpine skiing events. To remedy this, the Italian army transported large amounts of snow to ensure the courses were adequately covered.

These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1956 Winter Olympics:

1 — Soviet Union: 7 Gold, 3 Silver, 6 Bronze = 16 Total
2 — Austria: 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze = 11 Total
3 — Finland: 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze = 7 Total
4 — Switzerland: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze = 6 Total
5 — Sweden: 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze = 10 Total
6 — United States: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze = 7 Total
7 — Norway: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze = 4 Total
8 — Italy: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze = 3 Total
9 — Germany: 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze = 2 Total
10 — Canada: 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze = 3 Total

Michael Phelps Is Closing In All-Time Olympic Medals Record

Michael Phelps already holds the record for most gold medals (14) in Olympics history. But with 16 medals overall, Phelps still needs three more medals to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Here are the six summer Olympians that have won at least 13 medals. Of those just missing the cut are Data Torres (12 medals), Mark Spitz (11), Matt Biondi (11), and Carl Lewis (10).

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Data via International Olympic Committee
Story via Business Insider

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