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Bill Koch

Full name: William Conrad "Bill" Koch
Nickname(s): Cokie
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: June 7, 1955 in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Affiliations: Putney Ski Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Bill Koch started out as a Nordic combined competitor, but he was so much better at the cross-country portion of the event that he eventually dropped jumping altogether. Internationally Koch first burst on the scene by finishing third at the 1974 European Junior Championships, the first medal for an American in top-level cross-country competition. At the 1976 Olympics, Koch put on an amazing display. Besides his silver medal, he had the fastest leg in the relay pulling the Americans from eighth to third; was sixth in the 15 km. race; and actually led the 50 km. at the halfway point, before fading to 13th. It was an unparalleled performance for an American at that level of competition. Koch had some tough years after the Olympics. He was not prepared for the celebrity thrust upon him and skiied poorly for several years. He also began to have problems with exercise-induced asthma, but refused to blame that for the trouble. At the 1980 Olympics, Koch was America’s best skiier, but his performances lacked the luster of four years earlier. After 1980, however, Bill Koch changed his training methods, began skiing longer marathon races, and developed a technique similar to skating with his skis. It enabled him to become the world’s top cross-country skier. In 1982 he won the individual Nordic World Cup, emblematic of the top skiier for the season. He led the same competition for much of 1983 but fell off at the end to finish third, still by far the top American ever. In 1982 he finished third in the 30 km. World Championship, the first American to win a medal at that competition.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres United States USA 6
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres United States USA 2 Silver
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres United States USA 13
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 6
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres United States USA 16
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres United States USA AC DNF
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres United States USA 13
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 8
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres United States USA 27
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres United States USA 21T
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres United States USA 17
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 8
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres United States USA 42

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 6 45:32.22 22:21.41 16 33:49.94 12
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 16 43:38.56 13:45.93 8 26:36.90 11
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 27 43:53.7 18:57.0 30 31:43.9 27

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 2 1-30:57.84 31:28.70 5 1-02:38.72 4
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings AC DNF
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 21T 1-33:44.4 22:50.1 29 46:10.6 21 1-09:51.3 23
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 42 1-30:41.6 5:35.9 33 26:11.5 29 44:10.0 31 1-12:06.6 36

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 13 2-44:34.69 46:03.10 4 1-16:52.41 1 2-07:33.98 5
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 13 2-34:31.62 36:34.33 6 51:36.99 6 1-14:01.38 5 2-09:36.82 10
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 17 2-24:02.3 23:02.5 12 56:30.0 10 1-33:27.4 8 2-09:52.1 15

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 6 30:43.61 1-39:05.86 3
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 8 29:55.28 29:55.28 3
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 8 29:18.2 1-59:52.3 8
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