Sigge Ericsson, Swedish speed skater, posted excellent time of 16:35.9 in 10,000-meter to break Olympic record and end Russian speed-skating monopoly. Second for silver: Knut Johannssen, Norway, in 16:36.9; third for bronze: Oleg Goncharenko, Russia, 16:42.3.
Toni Sailer, Austria, who won giant slalom last week, came back to take special slalom with total time of 3:14.7 for two runs over course. Second: Chiharu Igaya, Japan. Third: Stig Sollander, Sweden.
Three days later Sailer streaked home first in rugged downhill race to become only triple winner of current Olympics and fourth in entire history of Winter Games (the others, all Norwegian: Torleif Haug in 1924; Ivan Ballangrud in 1936: and Hjalmar Anderson in 1952). Sailer's time for 3,622-yard course—2:52.2. Silver medalist: Raymond Fellay, Switzerland, 2:55.7; Bronze: Anderl Molterer, Austria, 2:56.3.
Madeleine Berthod, 25-year-old Swiss farm girl, won easy victory in women's downhill, finishing 4.7 seconds ahead of nearest competitor. Second for silver medal : Frieda Danzer, Switzerland, with time of 1:45.4. Bronze: Lucille Wheeler, Canada.
Franz Kapus, Switzerland, took lead in first two heats, then held off challenge by Eugenio Monti of Italy to win four-man event with total time of 5:10.44 for four runs over dangerously rutted course. Time for Runner-up Monti—5:12.10. Third: Art Tyler, of U.S., in 5:12.39.
Hayes Jenkins piled up early lead with precise school figures, then held off free-skating challenge by Ronnie Robertson to win gold medal in men's figure skating with total of 166.4 points. Robertson took second-place silver medal with 165.7 points. Third for bronze: Dave Jenkins, younger brother of winner, with 162.8 points.
Tenley Albright, of Newton Centre, Mass., ignoring "great pain" in right ankle deeply cut during pre-Olympic practice, nosed out 16-year-old Carol Heiss of Ozone Park, N.Y. to win women's title with final score of 169.6. Miss Heiss scored 168.1 points for silver. Third for bronze: Ingrid Wendl, Austria, 159.3 points.
Kurt Oppelt and Sissy Schwartz, Austria, wove intricate pattern of spins, lifts to win pairs title. Second for silver: Norris Bowden, Frances Dafoe of Canada. Bronze: Marianne and Laszlo Nagy, Hungary.
Russian forwards, led by Vsevelod Bobrov, displayed masterful passing game while Soviet goalie Nikolai Puchkov made series of impossible saves to give Russia five straight victories and gold hockey medal. In fourth game Russia blanked spunky U.S. team 4-0, then clinched triumph in final with 2-0 shutout over Canadians, who had been favored to win their third hockey gold medal since 1936. Biggest surprise was U.S. team, which got three-goal performance from center John Mayasich, tight goal tending by Willard Ikola to upset Canada 4-1 in second game. And on last day U.S. romped over fast-skating Czechs 9-4 to take second place with record of four victories, one defeat. Third: Canada, with three wins, two losses.
Sverre Stenersen, blond Norwegian businessman, placed second in jump, then won 15-kilometer nordic cross-country race to take gold medal in nordic combined. Silver medal: Bengt Ericsson, Sweden. Bronze: Francis Gasienica, Poland.
Siiri Rantanen overtook Russia's Rosa Erochina on anchor leg to give Finnish team gold medal in women's 15-kilometer relay. Winning time—1:09:01, only 27 seconds better than runner-up Russia. Third, 20 seconds behind Soviets, Sweden.
Sweden's Sixten Jernberg, second in 15- and 30-kilometer races earlier in Games, won gold medal in 50-kilometer with time of 2:50:27. Second in 2:51:45—Veikku Hakulinen, Finland. Third for bronze: Fiodor Terentiev, Russia, in 2:53:52.
In men's 40-kilometer relay, anchor man Veikku Hakulinen made up 56 seconds on Russia's ailing Vladimir Kusin but failed by one minute, one second to keep Soviets from winning. Russia posted time of 2:15:30 in standing off bid by second-place Finns. Third in 2:17:42—Sweden.
Antti Hyvarinen, Finland, swept off Olympic ski jump with spectacular leaps of 265 feet 9 inches and 275 feet seven inches, held near-perfect form throughout to win final gold medal of seventh Winter Games in special jump. Silver medalist: Aulis Kallakorpi, Finland, with jumps of 273 feet 11 inches and 264 feet one inch. Bronze: Harry Glass, Germany, with 273 feet 11 inches and 264 feet.
GOLD MEDAL FOR FIRST PLACE
SILVER MEDAL FOR SECOND PLACE
BRONZE MEDAL FOR THIRD PLACE