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Cross Country Skiing at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Games:

Men's 18 kilometres

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Host City: Chamonix, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Chamonix
Date Started: February 2, 1924
Date Finished: February 2, 1924

Gold: NOR Thorleif Haug
Silver: NOR Johan Grøttumsbraaten
Bronze: FIN Tapani Niku

Summary

3 days after the grueling 50 km race, the 18 km race took place under good conditions in a much more level track than the 50 km, with only 170 metres of hight difference. Before the start of the race there was a big discussion about the status of the participants in Nordic Combined, starting in the same race. At the end it was decided that the same athlete could participate both in 18 km and Nordic Combined.

Norway then decided to enter Thorleif Haug and Johan Grøttumsbraaten in both events, Jon Mårdalen and Einar Landvik only for the 18 km, and Thoralf Strømstad and Harald Økern only for the Nordic Combined. 17 of the 30 participants in Nordic combined were entered for both events. One of the competitors entered for 18 km only, Landvik, could certainly have taken a medal in Nordic combined. He placed 5th in both the 18 km and the Ski Jumping, but there was no place for him in the Norwegian team for Nordic Combined!

In those days no intermediate times were taken during the race, and for some time it looked like a Finnish day. Tapani Niku with an early start had the best finishing time ahead of Landvik and Per-Erik Hedlund, until Grøttumsbraaten bettered Niku’s time with 35 seconds. 4 minutes later Haug crossed the finishing line 1.20 better than Grøttumsbraaten and secured his second gold in 3 days. Another great day for the Norwegians, with all 4 participants placing among the 5 best.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Thorleif Haug 29 Norway NOR Gold 1-14:31.4
2 Johan Grøttumsbraaten 24 Norway NOR Silver 1-15:51.0
3 Tapani Niku 28 Finland FIN Bronze 1-16:26.0
4 Jon Mårdalen 28 Norway NOR 1-16:56.8
5 Einar Landvik 25 Norway NOR 1-17:27.4
6 Per Erik Hedlund 26 Sweden SWE 1-17:49.0
7 Matti Raivio 30 Finland FIN 1-19:10.4
8 Elis Sandin 22 Sweden SWE 1-19:24.0
9 Torkel Persson 29 Sweden SWE 1-19:29.8
10 Erik Winnberg 28 Sweden SWE 1-20:29.4
11 Matti Ritola 22 Finland FIN 1-25:13.0
12 Enrico Colli 27 Italy ITA 1-26:32.4
13 Antonio Herin Italy ITA 1-33:06.4
14 Peter Schmid 25 Switzerland SUI 1-33:34.8
15 Daniele Pellissier Italy ITA 1-33:45.2
16 Anton Collin 32 Finland FIN 1-33:54.6
17 Štěpán Hevák Czechoslovakia TCH 1-34:43.4
18 Anton Gottstein Czechoslovakia TCH 1-34:54.0
19 Sigurd Overby 24 United States USA 1-34:56.0
20 Gilbert Ravanel 23 France FRA 1-35:33.4
21 Achille Bacher 23 Italy ITA 1-36:03.8
22 Xavier Affentranger 26 Switzerland SUI 1-36:36.2
23 Václav John Czechoslovakia TCH 1-37:20.8
24 František Hák Czechoslovakia TCH 1-39:41.6
25 Hans Eidenbenz 23 Switzerland SUI 1-39:51.8
26 Alexandre Girard-Bille Switzerland SUI 1-41:43.4
27 Franciszek Bujak 27 Poland POL 1-42:13.0
28 Andrzej Krzeptowski I 20 Poland POL 1-43:02.8
29 Adrien Vandelle 21 France FRA 1-43:58.0
30 John Carleton 24 United States USA 1-45:49.8
31 István Déván 33 Hungary HUN 1-50:20.8
32 Zdenek Švigelj Yugoslavia YUG 1-50:27.6
33 Anders Haugen 35 United States USA 1-55:04.2
34 Vladimir Kajzelj Yugoslavia YUG 2-00:43.0
35 Ragnar Omtvedt 33 United States USA 2-05:03.0
36 Dušan Zinaja 30 Yugoslavia YUG 2-12:19.4
AC Béla Szepes 20 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Mirko Pandaković Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC Martial Payot 23 France FRA DNF
AC Roberts Plūme 26 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Denis Couttet 23 France FRA DNF