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Nordic Combined at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Jumping Hill, St. Moritz; Ski Stadium, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 17, 1928
Date Finished: February 18, 1928
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 18 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: NOR Johan Grøttumsbraaten
Silver: NOR Hans Vinjarengen
Bronze: NOR John Snersrud

Summary

The time from the 18 km. race was used for the cross-country section of the Nordic Combined, so the Olympic Champion in that race, Johan Grøttumsbraaten, had a commanding lead, almost five minutes ahead of countryman Hans Vinjarengen, who had a lead of 4.51 on the best non-Norwegian, the Finn Esko Järvinen. The two other Norwegians, jumping specialists Ole Kolterud and John Snersrud were 7th and 9th in the cross country event, and the Norwegians had hopes for another 1-4 finish as in Chamonix. The jumping event was a formality for Grøttumsbraaten, and he secured his second gold medal in two days, placing 8th in the ski jumping. Vinjarengen, normally an excellent jumper, fell on his first jump, but due to his fast 18 km. time and a good second jump he was able to secure the silver medal. Snersrud advanced to bronze after coming 3rd in the jumping event. The fourth Norwegian, Ole Kolterud, was leading the jumping event after the first round, but a fall in the second round after the longest jump in the competition (65.5 m.) brought him down to 8th place in the overall standings and prevented Norway from sweeping the first four places.

The Czechoslovak Rudolf Burkert was the winner of the jumping event (with the longest jump standing in the competition of 62.5 m.) ahead of Italian Vitale Venzi, but both were too weak in the cross country event and ended as 12th and 20th in the final standings. Burkert won the World Championship title in Nordic Combined in Cortina, Italy in 1927, but with no Norwegians or Finns taking part.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Johan Grøttumsbraaten 28 Norway NOR Gold 17.833
2 Hans Vinjarengen 22 Norway NOR Silver 15.302
3 John Snersrud 25 Norway NOR Bronze 15.021
4 Paavo Nuotio 26 Finland FIN 14.927
5 Esko Järvinen 20 Finland FIN 14.810
6 Sven Eriksson 20 Sweden SWE 14.593
7 Ludwig Böck 25 Germany GER 13.260
8 Ole Kolterud 24 Norway NOR 13.146
9 Otakar Německý 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 12.990
10 Bronisław Czech 19 Poland POL 12.645
11 Adolf Rubi 23 Switzerland SUI 12.625
12 Rudolf Burkert 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 12.604
13 Stephan Lauener Switzerland SUI 12.333
14 Max Kröckel 26 Germany GER 11.968
15 Walter Glaß 22 Germany GER 11.927
16 David Zogg 25 Switzerland SUI 11.906
17 Harald Paumgarten 23 Austria AUT 11.854
18 Walter Buchberger Czechoslovakia TCH 10.906
19 Hans Eidenbenz 28 Switzerland SUI 10.551
20 Vitale Venzi Italy ITA 10.416
21 Gustl Müller 24 Germany GER 10.114
22 Aleksander Rozmus 27 Poland POL 8.781
23 Martial Payot 27 France FRA 7.896
24 Stanisław Motyka 21 Poland POL 7.531
25 Anders Haugen 39 United States USA 7.447
26 Charles Proctor 22 United States USA 7.208
27 Merritt Putman 27 Canada CAN 4.854
28 Kléber Balmat 31 France FRA 4.291
AC Marcel Beraud France FRA DNF
AC Sakuta Takefushi 21 Japan JPN DNF
AC William Thompson 22 Canada CAN DNF
AC Franz Wende 23 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Karl Neuner 26 Germany GER DNF
AC Gyula Szepes 28 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Rolf Monsen 29 United States USA DNF