Evgeny Grishin, long-striding Russian speed skater, set new world and Olympic record of 40.2 in 500-meter sprint. Runners-up: Rafael Gratch, Russia, silver medal for second; Alv Gjestvang, Norway, bronze for third. Certificates: former record-holder Juri Sergheiev, Russia, fourth; Toivo Salonen, Finland, fifth; Bill Carow, U.S., sixth.
Boris Shilkov, already world record-holder in 5,000-meter speed skating, set new Olympic mark of 7:48.7 for distance to win Russia's third gold medal. Silver medal: Sigge Ericsson of Sweden. Bronze: Oleg Goncharenko, Russia. Certificates: William De Graaf, Holland, fourth; Kees Broekman, Holland, fifth; Ronald Aas, Norway, sixth.
Evgeny Grishin won second gold medal, set second world record of Games by skating impossible dead heat over 1,500-meter course with countryman Yuri Mikhailov. Time for each—2:08.6. Bronze medalist: Toivo Salonen, Finland. Certificates: Juhani Harvinen, Finland, fourth; Robert Merculov, U.S.S.R., fifth; Sigge Ericsson, Sweden, sixth.
Germany won her first gold medal of Winter Olympics when Ossi Reichert, brunette cafe manager from Berlin, whipped through finish gate in 1:56.5 to win women's giant slalom. Other medalists: Putzi Frandl, Austria, silver medal for second; Dorothea Hochleitner, Austria, bronze for third. Certificates: Andrea Mead Lawrence of U.S. (defending champion) and Madeleine Berthod, Switzerland, tied for fourth; Lucille Wheeler, Canada, sixth.
Toni Sailer, black-haired ace of powerful Austrian squad, outclassed entire field in men's giant slalom with time of 3:00.1 over 7,700-foot course. Second in 3:06.3: Anderl Molterer, Austria, silver medal. Third: Walter Schuster, Austria, bronze. Certificates: Adrien Duvillard, France, fourth; Charles Bozon, France, fifth; Ernst Hinterseer, Austria, sixth.
Renée Colliard, blue-eyed Swiss from Geneva, pulled second big upset of Winter Games by winning women's special slalom by 3.1 seconds over silver medalist Regina Schopf of Austria. Third, for bronze medal: Eugenie Sidorva, first Russian ever to place in Olympic alpine event. Certificates: Giuliana Minuzzo-Chenal, Italy; Putzi Frandl, Austria; Astrid Sandvik, Inger Bjornbakken, Norway (tie).
Lamberto Dalla Costa of Italy upset countryman Eugenio Monti, prerace favorite, in two-man bobsled by registering total time of 5:30.14 in four heats over icy Cortina track. Monti, former Italian ski champion, took silver medal with time of 5:31.45. Bronze medal: Max Angst, Switzerland. Certificates: Marquis de Portago, Spain, fourth; Waightman (Bud) Washbond, U.S., fifth; Art Tyler, U.S., sixth.
Lubov Kozireva, blonde student from Leningrad, became first Russian in history of Winter Games to win gold medal by taking women's 10-kilometer cross-country. Russia's first silver medalist: Rosa Erochina. Bronze medal: Sonja Edstrom, Sweden. Certificates: Alevatina Kolchina, Russia, fourth; Siiri Rantanen, Finland, fifth; Mirja Hietamies, Finland, sixth.
Veikku Hakulinen of Finland, Olympic 50-kilometer cross-country champion in 1952, poled furiously over Cortina course to win 30-kilometer event in 1:44.06. Silver medal: Sixten Jernberg, Sweden. Bronze: Pavel Koltdhin, Russia. Certificates: Anatolii Scheljuhkin, Russia, fourth; Vladimir Kusin, Russia, fifth; Fiodor Terentiev, Russia, sixth.
Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian lumberjack, repeated 1952 victory in cross-country by covering 15-kilometer Cortina course in 49:39. Silver medal for second place: Sixten Jernberg, Sweden. Bronze medal for third: Pavel Koltchin, Russia. Certificates: Veikku Hukulinen, Finland, fourth; Hakon Brusveen, Norway, fifth; Martin Stokken, Norway, sixth.
At end of preliminary round, Canada (3-0), U.S.S.R. (2-0) and Czechoslovakia (2-0) emerged as top three teams. U.S., starting slowly with 4-3 loss to Czechs, made strong comeback, shutting out Poles 4-0, and still had outside chance to take gold medal. Canadians, heavily penalized by strict European rules on body checking, managed nonetheless to pile up 30 goals to opposition's one, including a 23-0 pasting of Austria. This performance made Canada favorite to win final round, with Russia biggest single threat. Austria, Poland, Switzerland, all with two losses and no victories, Italy with one loss, two ties, were already eliminated.
RUSSIANS EVGENY GRISHIN (RIGHT), RAFAEL GRATCH FINISHED ONE-TWO IN THE 500-METER
OSSI REICHERT (RIGHT) BEAT ANDY MEAD
THEA HOCHLEITNER, AUSTRIA, WON BRONZE
GIACOMO CONTI AND LAMBERTO DALLA COSTA OF ITALY CELEBRATE BOBSLED VICTORY
BORIS SHILKOV, U.S.S.R., WON 5,000-METER
HAYES JENKINS, U.S., LED FIGURE SKATERS
U.S. BOBSLEDDERS PAT BIESIADECKI (LEFT) AND DRIVER BUD WASHBOND FINISHED FIFTH
HAKULINEN, FINLAND, WON 30-KILOMETER
TONI SAILER, AUSTRIA, WON GIANT SLALOM