Deb Copenhaver, 1955's world champion saddle bronc rider, was named Best Athlete of Year by northwestern sportswriters. Said Deb: "A man never gets to the point where he don't like to get on a good bucking horse."
Maureen (Little Mo) Connolly announced end of her year-and-a-half retirement and her decision to turn pro. She will tour the U.S., conducting tennis clinics, playing exhibitions and, incidentally, encouraging younger U.S. players.
Harry Weetman, British Ryder Cupper, shot 10 birdies and three eagles on rain-swept 6,071-yard Croham Hurst links for a "perfect" 58—course record was 65—lowest score ever recorded on a full-size British golf course.
Wes Santee, Marine miler, withdrew from three major board miles at suggestion of AAU committee investigating his expense accounts, who "thought it best," he said, "that I remain out...until a final decision on my status [is] made."
February 13, 1956
Pat Gibson, 21-year-old University of Wisconsin physical medicine major, retained senior women's title in North American outdoor speed-skating championships at Milwaukee for 21st consecutive victory in national events.