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Ski Jumping at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Jumping Hill, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 18, 1928
Date Finished: February 18, 1928
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: NOR Alf Andersen
Silver: NOR Sigmund Ruud
Bronze: TCH Rudolf Burkert

Summary

The ski jumping event was met with high interest, and an attendance of 8000 was gathered to watch the 38 brave ski jumpers starting in the competition, among them the first ever Asian ski jumper showing up internationally, the Japanese Motohiko Ban. Ice in the run-in made the conditions difficult, and in the first round the jumpers were given reduced speed. The highly favored Norwegian team consisted of four jumping specialists, led by defending Olympic Champion Jacob Tullin Thams who also was the winner of the World Championships in 1926. After the first round, it looked like a new triumph for the Norwegians with Alf Andersen leading with the longest jump of the round of 60 m. ahead of Sigmund Ruud. and Thams. The fourth Norwegian, Hans Kleppen, was out of contention after a fall. The most dangerous threat to the Norwegians was the winner of the Nordic Combined jumping event, Rudolf Purkert, and the home favorite [Gérard Vuilleumier].

In the break between the two rounds the Middle Europeans, led by the Swiss jumpers Vuilleumier and Bruno Trojani, requested top speed for the in-run, but the Scandinavians and US jumpers protested and argued that on the icy and fast snow this would be too dangerous. The quarrel lasted for 40 minutes, and in the end the Middle Europeans got what they wanted. The two leading Norwegians, Andersen and Ruud kept their head cool and left the tower in standing position to avoid full speed. They produced the two longest standing jumps of the competition with 64.0 and 62.5 m. Defending champion Thams, however, was furious. Instead of taking a safe jump to win a medal, he was provoked by the Swiss jumpers taunting him about his cowardice, and gave full speed to produce a magnificent jump of 73.0 m. without a clean landing. Ironically, both Vuilleumier and Trojani became victims of the high speed and fell after jumps of 62.0 and 63.0 meters.

The competition ended with gold and silver for Norway. Alf Andersen became Olympic Champion, and Sigmund Ruud, the eldest of the famous Ruud brothers from Kongsberg, was second. Rudolf Purkert won the bronze medal, the first ever medal for his country in the Winter Olympics. The 20-year old Kleppen also fell on his second jump, but this skier from Telemark reached the age of 100 on 16 March 2007.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS J1S J2S J3S
1 Alf Andersen 21 Norway NOR Gold 19.208 19.250 19.375 19.000
2 Sigmund Ruud 20 Norway NOR Silver 18.542 18.125 18.875 18.625
3 Rudolf Burkert 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 17.937 17.562 18.312 17.937
4 Axel-Herman Nilsson 33 Sweden SWE 16.937 16.937 16.937 16.937
5 Sven-Olof Lundgren 19 Sweden SWE 16.708 16.750 16.875 16.500
6 Rolf Monsen 29 United States USA 16.687 16.437 16.937 16.687
7 Sepp Mühlbauer Switzerland SUI 16.541 16.500 16.375 16.750
8 Ernst Feuz 18 Switzerland SUI 16.458 16.500 16.250 16.625
9 Martin Neuner 27 Germany GER 16.291 16.500 16.375 16.000
10 Bertil Carlsson 24 Sweden SWE 16.187 16.062 16.437 16.062
11 Erich Recknagel 23 Germany GER 16.020 15.812 15.687 16.562
12 Paavo Nuotio 26 Finland FIN 15.833 15.625 15.750 16.125
13 Vitale Venzi Italy ITA 15.750 15.750 15.375 16.125
14 Charles Proctor 22 United States USA 15.583 15.125 16.125 15.500
15T Willy Möhwald 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 15.500 15.250 15.750 15.500
15T Jerry Dupuis 23 Canada CAN 15.500 15.375 15.500 15.625
17 Franz Thannheimer 23 Germany GER 15.333 15.250 15.375 15.375
18 Anders Haugen 39 United States USA 15.291 14.875 15.500 15.500
19 Alois Kratzer 20 Germany GER 14.853 14.437 14.687 15.437
20 Josef Bím 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 14.728 14.687 14.812 14.687
21 Karl Wondrak Czechoslovakia TCH 14.478 14.312 14.687 14.437
22 Esko Järvinen 20 Finland FIN 13.978 13.937 14.437 13.562
23 Stanisław Gąsienica Sieczka 23 Poland POL 13.917 14.000 13.375 14.375
24 Kléber Balmat 31 France FRA 13.833 13.375 14.750 13.375
25 Aleksander Rozmus 27 Poland POL 13.166 12.875 13.375 13.250
26 Martial Payot 27 France FRA 12.678 12.562 13.062 12.437
27 Andrzej Krzeptowski I 24 Poland POL 12.604 12.437 12.937 12.437
28 Jacob Tullin Thams 29 Norway NOR 12.562 11.187 13.687 12.812
29 Harald Bosio 22 Austria AUT 12.062 12.312 11.812 12.062
30 Gérard Vuilleumier 22 Switzerland SUI 12.020 11.687 11.562 12.812
31 Sven Eriksson 20 Sweden SWE 11.500 11.125 12.000 11.375
32 Bruno Trojani 20 Switzerland SUI 10.782 9.562 11.385 11.437
33 Luigi Bernasconi Italy ITA 10.020 10.312 10.312 9.437
34 Luciano Zampatti Italy ITA 9.687 10.687 8.187 10.187
35 Joseph Maffioli France FRA 8.125 8.125 7.875 8.375
36 Hans Kleppen 20 Norway NOR 6.500 4.500 7.500 7.500
37 Bronisław Czech 19 Poland POL 6.333 5.000 7.000 7.000
38 Motohiko Ban 23 Japan JPN 4.000 4.000 3.750 4.250