United States at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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United States at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United States
IOC code  USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
Website www.teamusa.org
At the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo
Competitors 103 (77 men, 26 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearer Dianne Holum (speed skating)
Medals
Rank: 5
Gold
3
Silver
2
Bronze
3
Total
8
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

The United States competed at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. The use of both the English alphabet and abbreviations threw the country directly in front of the USSR in the Parade of Nations.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Cochran, BarbaraBarbara Cochran Alpine skiing Women's slalom
 Gold Henning, AnneAnne Henning Speed skating Women's 500 metres
 Gold Holum, DianneDianne Holum Speed skating Women's 1500 metres
 Silver United States men's national ice hockey team
Kevin Ahearn   Mark Howe   Ronald Naslund
Henry Boucha   Jeffrey Hymanson   Wally Olds
Charles Brown   Stuart Irving   Frank Sanders
Keith Christiansen   Jim McElmury   Craig Sarner
Mike Curran   Dick McGlynn   Peter Sears
Robbie Ftorek   Tom Mellor   Timothy Sheehy
Ice hockey Men's competition
 Silver Holum, DianneDianne Holum Speed skating Women's 3000 metres
 Bronze Corrock, SusanSusan Corrock Alpine skiing Women's downhill
 Bronze Lynn, JanetJanet Lynn Figure skating Ladies' singles
 Bronze Henning, AnneAnne Henning Speed skating Women's 1000 metres

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hank Kashiwa Downhill 1:55.60 25
David Currier 1:54.96 17
Mike Lafferty 1:54.38 14
Bob Cochran 1:53.39 8
David Currier Giant Slalom DNF DNF
Rick Chaffee 1:39.23 36 1:45.09 31 3:24.32 30
Hank Kashiwa 1:37.42 28 1:40.71 19 3:18.13 21
Bob Cochran 1:35.39 19 1:40.15 16 3:15.54 17
Men's slalom
Athlete Classification Final
Time Rank Time 1 Rank Time 2 Rank Total Rank
Rick Chaffee 1:47.81 3 DNF DNF
Bob Cochran DSQ DSQ DSQ
Terry Palmer 1:45.82 4 58.78 21 55.50 13 1:54.28 16
Tyler Palmer bye 57.68 15 54.37 4 1:52.05 9
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Marilyn Cochran Downhill 1:41.96 28
Sandy Poulsen 1:41.25 21
Karen Budge 1:40.68 14
Susan Corrock 1:37.68 3
Sandy Poulsen Giant Slalom DSQ
Karen Budge 1:35.57 23
Marilyn Cochran 1:35.27 20
Barbara Cochran 1:33.16 11
Marilyn Cochran Slalom DSQ DSQ
Patty Boydstun 48.11 13 47.48 9 1:35.59 8
Susan Corrock 48.09 12 47.67 10 1:35.76 9
Barbara Cochran 46.05 1 45.19 2 1:31.24 1

Biathlon[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Time Penalties Adjusted time 1 Rank
20 km Jay Bowerman 1'22:13.71 7 1'29:13.71 45
Terry Morse 1'21:40.14 7 1'28:40.14 41
Dennis Donahue 1'19:20.39 4 1'23:20.39 24
Peter Krans 1'18:59.67 2 1'20:59.67 14
1 One minute added per close miss (a hit in the outer ring), two minutes added per complete miss.
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 2 Time Rank
Peter Karns
Terry Morse
Dennis Donahue
Jay Bowerman
1 1'57:24.32 6
2 A penalty loop of 200 metres had to be skied per missed target.

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
USA-1 Paul Lamey
Howard Siler
Two-man 1:18.13 16 1:16.93 12 1:15.52 15 1:16.04 16 5:06.62 16
USA-2 Boris Said
Thomas Becker
Two-man 1:17.34 13 1:17.23 15 1:16.66 21 1:17.71 20 5:08.94 19
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
USA-1 Jim Hickey
Jim Bridges
Howard Siler
Thomas Becker
Four-man DSQ DSQ
USA-2 Boris Said
James Copley
Ken Morris
Phil Duprey
Four-man 1:12.31 13 1:12.34 7 1:11.80 14 1:11.98 12 4:48.43 14

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Larry Martin 53:13.91 58
Ronny Yeager 51:36.54 55
Tim Caldwell 51:17.92 54
Everett Dunklee 49:52.20 44
30 km Clark Matis 1'52:18.52 53
Bob Gray 1'46:38.31 42
Mike Gallagher 1'43:39.41 30
Mike Elliott 1'43:15.03 26
50 km Joe McNulty DNF
Bob Gray 3'01:15.37 33
Everett Dunklee 2'56:42.49 27
Gene Morgan 2'54:01.52 24
Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Tim Caldwell
Mike Gallagher
Larry Martin
Mike Elliott
2'14:37.28 12
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km Margie Mahoney 19:15.13 39
Alison Owen-Spencer 18:54.76 36
Barbara Britch 18:18.37 31
Martha Rockwell 17:50.34 18
10 km Trina Hosmer 40:40.56 41
Margie Mahoney 39:27.95 36
Alison Owen-Spencer 38:50.05 35
Martha Rockwell 36:34.22 16
Women's 3 x 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Barbara Britch
Alison Owen-Spencer
Martha Rockwell
53:38.60 11

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Gordon McKellen 10 9 2511.0 89 10
John Misha Petkevich 6 2 2591.5 47 5
Kenneth Shelley 5 3 2596.0 43 4
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Suna Murray 13 9 2426.2 102 12
Julie Lynn Holmes 2 8 2627.0 39 4
Janet Lynn 4 1 2663.1 27 3
Pairs
Athletes SP FS Points Places Rank
Barbara Brown
Douglas Berndt
12 13 366.9 114 12
Melissa Militano
Mark Militano
8 7 393.0 65.5 7
JoJo Starbuck
Kenneth Shelley
4 4 406.8 35 4

Ice hockey[edit]

First Round[edit]

Winners (in bold) entered the Medal Round. Other teams played a consolation round for 7th-11th places.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
 United States 5–3   Switzerland

Medal round[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 5 4 0 1 33 13 9
2  United States 2 5 3 2 0 18 15 6
3  Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 26 13 6
4  Sweden 5 2 2 1 17 13 5
5  Finland 5 2 3 0 14 24 4
6  Poland 5 0 5 0 9 39 0
  • Sweden 5-1 USA
  • USA 5-1 Czechoslovakia
  • USSR 7-2 USA
  • USA 4-1 Finland
  • USA 6-1 Poland

Leading scorers[edit]

Player GP G A Pts
4th Craig Sarner 5 4 5 9
6th Kevin Ahearn 5 4 3 7
Silver:
  • Team Roster

Luge[edit]

Men
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bob Rock 55.98 38 55.25 35 53.85 26 1:13.96 44 3:59.04 44
Terry O'Brien 55.41 34 55.21 32 54.02 28 53.64 26 3:38.24 31
James Murray 55.31 33 55.22 34 53.94 27 53.46 23 3:37.93 28
Ralph Havens 55.17 30 54.84 28 54.31 32 54.00 32 3:38.32 32

(Men's) Doubles

Athletes Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jack Elder
Frank Jones
46.48 16 46.11 14 1:32.59 15
Robert Berkley
Richard Cavanaugh
46.58 17 46.59 17 1:33.17 17
Women
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Peggy Frair DNF DNF
Kathleen Ann Roberts-Homstad 47.68 19 46.64 15 46.17 14 45.49 12 3:05.98 15

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Teyck Weed Individual 61.0 61.0 129.8 40 52:26.2 183.805 29 313.605 38
Bob Kendall 62.5 66.5 139.0 38 54:34.0 164.635 38 303.635 39
Mike Devecka 67.0 68.0 157.1 27 50:00.0 205.735 6 362.835 21
Jim Miller 69.0 62.0 139.7 37 51:09.9 195.250 17 334.950 34

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Scott Berry Normal hill 67.5 87.7 66.0 84.3 172.0 52
Greg Swor 70.5 93.0 67.0 86.4 179.4 50
Ron Steele 75.0 99.2 71.5 93.1 192.3 41
Jerry Martin 76.0 105.3 69.5 91.9 197.2 34
Scott Berry Large hill 79.0 76.1 81.5 75.6 151.7 47
Greg Swor 80.5 77.2 91.5 95.6 172.8 30
Ron Steele 86.5 86.6 89.0 91.1 177.7 25
Jerry Martin 89.0 89.1 77.5 74.0 163.1 36

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m John Wurster DNF
Greg Lyman 41.30 20
Neil Blatchford 40.67 15
Pete Eberling 40.58 11
1500 m Clark King 2:14.83 30
Bill Lanigan 2:12.31 25
Gary Jonland 2:09.55 14
Dan Carroll 2:07.24 7
5000 m Clark King 8:07.20 21
Charles Gilmore 8:03.04 20
Dan Caroll 7:44.72 10
10,000 m Clark King 16:39.82 21
Dan Carroll 15:44.41 9
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Kay Lunda 44.95 7
Sheila Young 44.53 4
Anne Henning 43.33 OR 1
1000 m Sheila Young 1:34.97 17
Dianne Holum 1:32.41 6
Anne Henning 1:31.62 3
1500 m Leah Poulos-Mueller 2:31.29 24
Connie Carpenter-Phinney 2:23.93 7
Dianne Holum 2:20.85 OR 1
3000 m Jeanne Omelenchuk 5:32.87 22
Leah Poulos-Mueller 5:17.38 17
Dianne Holum 4:58.67 2

References[edit]