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Cross Country Skiing at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's 18 kilometres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 10, 1932
Date Finished: February 10, 1932

Gold: SWE Sven Utterström
Silver: SWE Axel Wikström
Bronze: FIN Veli Saarinen

Summary

In contrast to the 1924 and 1928 Winter Olympics, the 18 km. race was the first event in 1932, preceding the 50 km. race by three days. This change in the program was certainly a much better solution for those skiers competing in both events.

The 18 km. race presented a strong field of merited skiers, all of them at their competitive peak. In Norway’s team Johan Grøttumsbraaten, the defending champion now aged 32, had shown new proof of his championship abilities by winning the World Championships at 18 km. in Oberhof, Germany 1931. Arne Rustadstuen was world champion on the distance in 1930, and Ole Stenen was World Champion in 50 km. from 1931 and had won the prestigious Holmenkollen the same year. Finland’s top skiers were Veli Saarinen, world champion at 18 km. in 1929 and Martti Lappalainen, winner in Holmenkollen 1928. Sweden’s Sven Utterström, now 30, had much cause for revenge after being ill during the 1928 Games. He was considered to be a 50 km. specialist, winning the World Championship 1930 and Holmenkollen in 1929 and 1930 over that distance.

The evening before the start of the race the weather was perfect for cross country skiing. But the next morning the temperature was rising, and that created problems preparing the skis for optimal gliding. In earlier competitions with mild weather the Swedes had shown great ability to choose the right ski-wax, and so they did this time. At an early stage of the race it was clear that this would be a great day for Sweden. Utterström commanded the race from start to finish, and won by a margin of exactly 2 minutes. The 24-year old Swede Axel Wikström surprised the experts by winning the silver medal 17 seconds ahead of Saarinen in 3rd place. Lappalainen was 4th, and the favored Norwegians were not satisfied with 5th and 6th place for Rustadstuen and Grøttumsbraaten, four minutes behind the winner.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Sven Utterström 30 Sweden SWE Gold 1-23:07
2 Axel Wikström 24 Sweden SWE Silver 1-25:07
3 Veli Saarinen 29 Finland FIN Bronze 1-25:24
4 Martti Lappalainen 29 Finland FIN 1-26:31
5 Arne Rustadstuen 26 Norway NOR 1-27:06
6 Johan Grøttumsbraaten 32 Norway NOR 1-27:15
7 Valmari Toikka 29 Finland FIN 1-27:51
8 Ole Stenen 28 Norway NOR 1-28:05
9 Väinö Liikkanen 28 Finland FIN 1-28:30
10 Nils Svärd 23 Sweden SWE 1-29:05
11 Sivert Mattsson 24 Sweden SWE 1-29:54
12 Heigoro Kuriyagawa 23 Japan JPN 1-31:34
13 Kristian Hovde 28 Norway NOR 1-32:48
14 Vladimír Novák 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-32:59
15 Takemitsu Tsubokawa Japan JPN 1-33:15
16 Antonín Bartoň 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-33:39
17 Takeo Hoshina 25 Japan JPN 1-35:47
18 Bronisław Czech 23 Poland POL 1-36:37
19 Léonce Cretin 21 France FRA 1-36:42
20 Jaroslav Feistauer 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-37:55
21 Harald Bosio 26 Austria AUT 1-38:23
22 Ján Cífka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-38:24
23 Olle Zetterstrom 30 United States USA 1-38:26
24 Albert Secretan France FRA 1-38:39
25 Andrea Vuerich 24 Italy ITA 1-38:42
26 Gino Soldà 24 Italy ITA 1-39:43
27 Stanisław Marusarz 18 Poland POL 1-39:56
28 Richard Parsons 21 United States USA 1-40:08
29 Harald Paumgarten 27 Austria AUT 1-41:20
30 Paul Mugnier France FRA 1-41:34
31 Stanisław Skupień 24 Poland POL 1-41:48
32 Zdzisław Motyka 25 Poland POL 1-41:58
33 Rolf Monsen 33 United States USA 1-42:36
34 Severino Menardi 21 Italy ITA 1-43:04
35 Harry Pangman 26 Canada CAN 1-43:12
36 Raymond Berthet France FRA 1-43:38
37 Saburo Iwasaki 27 Japan JPN 1-44:07
38 Bud Clark 21 Canada CAN 1-46:33
39 John Taylor 24 Canada CAN 1-48:11
40 John Currie 22 Canada CAN 1-49:03
41 Gregor Höll 20 Austria AUT 1-55:18
42 Erling Andersen 26 United States USA 1-58:13