Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill
at the XII Olympic Winter Games
|Date||5 February 1976|
|Competitors||74 from 27 nations|
|Alpine skiing at the
1976 Winter Olympics
|Vertical||870 m (2,854 ft)|
|Top elevation||1,950 m (6,398 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,080 m (3,543 ft)|
The defending world champion was David Zwilling of Austria, and Bernhard Russi of Switzerland was the defending Olympic champion. Franz Klammer of Austria was the defending World Cup downhill champion and led the 1976 World Cup. He had also won the pre-Olympic World Cup downhill at Patcherkofel a year earlier in January 1975.
The starting gate was at an elevation of 1,950 m (6,398 ft), and the vertical drop was 870 m (2,854 ft). The course length was 3.020 km (1.877 mi) and Klammer's famous winning run resulted in an average speed of 102.828 km/h (63.89 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 8.2285 m/s (27.00 ft/s). The win elevated him to an international celebrity and he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
- "Final Report - XII. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIIth Winter Olympic Games 1976. LA84 Foundation. 1976. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- "1975 World Cup standings". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- "1974 World Championships results". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- Johnson, William Oscar (16 February 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated. p. 10.
- Sports Reference – 1976 Olympic downhill