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John Balfanz

Full name: John Carlyle Balfanz
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: June 23, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: November 11, 1991 in Denver, Colorado, United States
Affiliations: Minneapolis Ski Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Ski Jumping

Biography

John Balfanz started ski jumping at age six, and won his first ski jumping competition the next year. By the time he was 15 he was the Central US Junior Champion. Balfanz served in the US Army from 1957-59, first at Ft. Carson, Colorado, and then in Karlsrue, Germany, which prevented him from making the 1960 Winter Olympic team. But he did compete in the 1962 World Championships, and in 17 international meets in Europe in 1963, winning two, and placing second at the famed Holmenkollen. In 1965 he set a US record with a jump of 325 feet (99 m) at Iron Mountain, Michigan. Balfanz retired after the 1968 Winter Olympics, having the best international record of any US ski jumper ever, and was inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in 1980.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual United States USA 10
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual United States USA 41
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual United States USA 33
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual United States USA 42

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Final Standings 10 206.5
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Jump 1 8 102.2 74.0 51.7 50.5 16.5 17.0 17.0 17.0 15.5
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Jump 2 8T 103.9 74.5 52.4 51.5 17.0 17.5 17.5 16.5 17.0
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Jump 3 10T 102.6 74.5 53.1 49.5 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5 17.0
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping United States Final Standings 33 189.7
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping United States Jump 1 35T 97.8 72.5 52.8 45.0 15.0 15.5 15.0 15.0 14.5
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping United States Jump 2 33 91.9 68.5 46.4 45.5 15.5 15.0 15.0 16.0 15.0

Men's Large Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Final Standings 41 180.2
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Jump 1 31 94.8 83.0 45.8 49.0 16.0 17.5 15.5 16.5 16.5
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Jump 2 48 83.4 73.5 39.4 44.0 15.0 16.0 14.0 15.0 14.0
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Ski Jumping United States Jump 3 40 85.4 71.0 40.4 45.0 15.0 15.0 14.5 15.0 15.5
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping United States Final Standings 42 169.8
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping United States Jump 1 44 83.7 84.5 39.7 44.0 14.0 14.0 16.0 15.0 15.0
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Ski Jumping United States Jump 2 34 86.1 85.5 41.1 45.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.5
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