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Nordic Combined at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Intervale Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid; James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 10, 1932
Date Finished: February 11, 1932
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 18 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: NOR Johan Grøttumsbraaten
Silver: NOR Ole Stenen
Bronze: NOR Hans Vinjarengen

Summary

Norway had won all the medals in Nordic Combined at the two previous Olympics, and entered a strong team for the Lake Placid Games. The team was led by defending champion Johan Grøttumsbraaten, the king of skiing at the 1928 Olympics and World Champion in the event in 1926 and 1931, and Hans Vinjarengen, silver medalist from 1928 and World Champion in 1929 and 1930. The Norwegian lineup was completed by Ole Stenen, a cross country specialist and decent jumper, and 23-year old Sverre Kolterud, with jumping his strength.

In the 18 km. race Grøttumsbraaten and Stenen took advantage of their cross-country abilities to build up a decisive lead on the rest of the field. In third place was a big surprise, the unknown 23-year old Japanese Heigoro Kuriyagawa, who beat Vinjarengen by over a minute, and in 5th was another Japanese surprise, Takemitsu Tsubokawa. The Scandinavian experts were wondering about the Japanese skills on the jumping hill.

Best in the ski jumping section was Fritz Kaufmann with two solid jumps of 59.5 and 60.5 meters, but since he was over 32 minutes behind the winner in cross country, he was no threat in the overall standings. Vinjarengen placed second in jumping with 54.0 and 60.0 meters (longest in the competition), but was barely beaten by Stenen in the overall standings. However, no one could threaten Grøttumsbraaten from defending his title. Finishing 6th in the jump, he won by a clear margin, and ended his Olympic career with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. As the Norwegians had hoped for, Kolterud was able to advance to 4th place, beating the best non-Norwegian Sven Eriksson (later Selånger) clearly. Kuriyagawa turned out to be a decent jumper, but a fall in the first round relegated him to 20th place, and his countryman Tsukokawa had the shortest jumps of the day and placed 15th overall.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Johan Grøttumsbraaten 32 Norway NOR Gold 446.00
2 Ole Stenen 28 Norway NOR Silver 436.05
3 Hans Vinjarengen 26 Norway NOR Bronze 434.60
4 Sverre Kolterud 23 Norway NOR 418.60
5 Sven Eriksson 24 Sweden SWE 402.30
6 Antonín Bartoň 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 397.10
7 Bronisław Czech 23 Poland POL 392.00
8 František Šimůnek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 375.30
9 Rolf Monsen 33 United States USA 369.30
10 Jostein Nordmoe 37 Canada CAN 367.56
11 Ján Cífka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 367.20
12 Ernesto Zardini Italy ITA 362.20
13 Jaroslav Feistauer 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 361.60
14 Edward Blood 23 United States USA 361.45
15 Takemitsu Tsubokawa Japan JPN 358.90
16 Lloyd Ellingson 23 United States USA 354.20
17 Ingenuino Dallagio 21 Italy ITA 346.00
18 Harald Paumgarten 27 Austria AUT 342.20
19 Andrzej Marusarz 18 Poland POL 335.10
20 Heigoro Kuriyagawa 23 Japan JPN 332.80
21 Severino Menardi 21 Italy ITA 332.70
22 Cesare Chiogna Switzerland SUI 321.60
23 Fritz Kaufmann 26 Switzerland SUI 320.70
24 Howard Bagguley 22 Canada CAN 318.70
25 John Ericksen 28 United States USA 316.30
26 Fritz Steuri 23 Switzerland SUI 315.90
27 Stanisław Marusarz 18 Poland POL 308.05
28 Holger Schön 21 Sweden SWE 300.80
29 Harald Bosio 26 Austria AUT 298.70
30 Arthur Gravel Canada CAN 278.60
31 Ross Wilson Canada CAN 252.80
32 Katsumi Yamada 26 Japan JPN 222.20
33 Gregor Höll 20 Austria AUT 185.00