Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill

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Men's downhill
at the XII Olympic Winter Games
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Venue Patscherkofel
Tyrol, Austria
Date 5 February 1976
Competitors 74 from 27 nations
Winning time 1:45.73
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Franz Klammer  Austria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bernhard Russi  Switzerland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Herbert Plank  Italy
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Men's Downhill
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Location Patscherkofel
Vertical    870 m (2,854 ft)
Top elevation 1,950 m (6,398 ft)  
Base elevation 1,080 m (3,543 ft)
Patscherkofel is located in Austria
Patscherkofel
Patscherkofel
Location in Austria

The Men's Downhill competition of the 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria, was held on 5 February at Patscherkofel,[1] on the same course as in 1964.

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.[2][3] 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).[1] 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.[4]

Egon Zimmermann, also of Austria, took the gold medal a dozen years earlier in the 1964 Olympic downhill. His winning time was 2:18.16, more than a half minute behind Klammer's.

Results[edit]

Rank Bib Name Country Time Difference
1st, gold medalist(s) 15 Franz Klammer  Austria 1:45.73
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Bernhard Russi  Switzerland 1:46.06 +0.33
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 Herbert Plank  Italy 1:46.59 +0.86
4 11 Philippe Roux  Switzerland 1:46.69 +0.96
5 10 Ken Read  Canada 1:46.83 +1.10
6 19 Andy Mill  United States 1:47.06 +1.33
7 29 Walter Tresch  Switzerland 1:47.29 +1.56
8 13 Dave Irwin  Canada 1:47.41 +1.68
9 6 Sepp Walcher  Austria 1:47.45 +1.72
10 5 Jim Hunter  Canada 1:47.52 +1.79
11 30 Greg Jones  United States 1:47.84 +2.11
12 1 René Berthod  Switzerland 1:47.89 +2.16
13 22 Pete Patterson  United States 1:47.94 +2.21
14 21 Rolando Thoeni  Italy 1:48.13 +2.40
15 20 Peter Fischer  West Germany 1:48.18 +2.45
16 24 Patrice Pellat-Finet  France 1:48.34 +2.61
17 25 Sepp Ferstl  West Germany 1:48.41 +2.68
18 28 Dave Murray  Canada 1:48.43 +2.70
19 4 Klaus Eberhard  Austria 1:48.45 +2.72
20 42 Sumihiro Tomii  Japan 1:48.88 +3.15
21 16 Willi Frommelt  Liechtenstein 1:48.92 +3.19
22 31 David Griff  Australia 1:49.02 +3.29
2 Michael Veith  West Germany
24 27 Karl Anderson  United States 1:49.08 +3.35
25 9 Erik Håker  Norway 1:49.19 +3.46
26 14 Gustavo Thoeni  Italy 1:49.25 +3.52
27 18 Mikio Katagiri  Japan 1:50.03 +4.30
28 38 Andreas Wenzel  Liechtenstein 1:50.08 +4.35
29 46 Wolfgang Junginger  West Germany 1:50.48 +4.75
30 37 Alan Stewart  Great Britain 1:50.56 +4.83
31 44 Luis Rosenkjer  Argentina 1:50.87 +5.14
32 34 Stuart Fitzsimmons  Great Britain 1:50.89 +5.16
33 45 Bohumír Zeman  Czechoslovakia 1:51.27 +5.54
34 35 Kim Clifford  Australia 1:51.64 +5.91
35 17 Francisco Fernández Ochoa  Spain 1:51.91 +6.18
36 36 Juan Manuel Fernández Ochoa  Spain 1:52.40 +6.67
37 43 Andrej Koželj  Yugoslavia 1:52.75 +7.02
33 Peter Fuchs  Great Britain
39 39 Juan Angel Olivieri  Argentina 1:52.76 +7.03
40 55 Miloslav Sochor  Czechoslovakia 1:53.48 +7.75
41 32 Jaime Ros  Spain 1:53.50 +7.77
42 59 Jorge García  Spain 1:53.55 +7.82
43 58 Didier Xhaet  Belgium 1:53.56 +7.83
44 49 Vladimir Andreyev  Soviet Union 1:53.61 +7.88
45 41 Robert Blanchaer  Belgium 1:54.30 +8.57
46 40 Adjin Pašović  Yugoslavia 1:54.57 +8.84
47 54 Carlos Alberto Martínez  Argentina 1:54.62 +8.89
48 56 Ivan Penev  Bulgaria 1:55.56 +9.83
49 74 Dan Cristea  Romania 1:55.63 +9.90
50 70 Georgi Kochov  Bulgaria 1:55.82 +10.09
51 47 José Luis Koifman  Chile 1:56.30 +10.57
52 50 Roman Dereziński  Poland 1:56.33 +10.60
53 67 Stuart Blakely  New Zealand 1:57.91 +12.18
54 52 Antoine Crespo  Andorra 1:58.72 +12.99
55 53 Gorban Ali Kalhor  Iran 1:59.15 +13.42
56 62 Mohammad Hadj Kia Shemshaki  Iran 1:59.44 +13.71
57 68 Ion Cavaşi  Romania 2:00.19 +14.46
58 61 Akbar Kalili  Iran 2:00.32 +14.59
59 75 Rafael Cañas  Chile 2:00.39 +14.66
60 69 Brett Kendall  New Zealand 2:00.57 +14.84
61 63 Fernando Reutter  Chile 2:01.19 +15.46
62 64 Carlos Font  Andorra 2:01.75 +16.02
63 65 Ahmet Kıbıl  Turkey 2:03.74 +18.01
64 73 Mümtaz Demirhan  Turkey 2:06.01 +20.28
65 71 Thomas Karadimas  Greece 2:14.69 +28.96
66 66 Spyros Theodorou  Greece 2:17.08 +31.35
- 60 Robin Armstrong  New Zealand DNF -
- 57 Mohammad Kalhor  Iran DNF -
- 51 Xavier Areny  Andorra DNF -
- 48 Adrián Roncallo  Argentina DNF -
- 26 Konrad Bartelski  Great Britain DNF -
- 23 Rob McIntyre  Australia DNF -
- 12 Anton Steiner  Austria DNF -
- 7 Erwin Stricker  Italy DNF -
- 72 Murat Tosun  Turkey DNS -

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Final Report - XII. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIIth Winter Olympic Games 1976. LA84 Foundation. 1976. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "1975 World Cup standings". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1974 World Championships results". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (16 February 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated. p. 10. 

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