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Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Intervale Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 12, 1932
Date Finished: February 12, 1932
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: NOR Birger Ruud
Silver: NOR Hans Beck
Bronze: NOR Kåre Walberg

Summary

Silver medalist Sigmund Ruud, now 24, was the only top contender left from the 1928 Winter Olympic competition. The eldest of three famous ski jumping brothers from Kongsberg was world champion in 1929. He was joined on the 1932 Norwegian ski jumping team by his brother Birger, who won the world championship in 1931, at only 19. Hans Beck, also a Kongsberg jumper and still only 20, and 19-year-old Kåre Walberg from Hamar completed the Norwegian team. It was a young team with lots of ski jumping talent. It is interesting to note that three of the four jumpers on the US team were born in Norway, Roy Mikkelsen also having been born in Kongsberg.

The lack of snow created big problems for the organizers, but due to strong efforts by driving snow into the jumping hill from locations higher up in the Adirondacks the ski jumping competition was organized as scheduled.

Beck made a perfect jump in the first round, 71.5 m., five meters longer than Birger Ruud in second place, and had a clear lead. Kongsberg-born Mikkelsen from the USA made a great effort, but was not able to land his 68.0 m. jump cleanly, fell and was injured, and had to withdraw from the second round. The Swede Sten Eriksson was in third place with a 65.5 m. jump, closely followed by Walberg, Sigmund Ruud, the winner of the Nordic combined jump competition Fritz Kaufmann, and the main US hope after Mikkelsen’s fall, Caspar Oimoen.

In the second round Beck tried to secure his gold medal without taking risks, and made a safe jump of 63.5 m. Birger Ruud saw his chance, gave all he had and made an excellent jump of 69.0 m., passing his club mate Beck by 1.1 points in the final classification. Walberg managed to narrowly pass Eriksson and secured a Norwegian triple. Oimoen satisfied the home crowd by producing the second best jump in the last round with 67.5 m. to place 5th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Birger Ruud 20 Norway NOR Gold 228.1
2 Hans Beck 20 Norway NOR Silver 227.0
3 Kåre Walberg 19 Norway NOR Bronze 219.5
4 Sven Eriksson 24 Sweden SWE 218.9
5 Caspar Oimoen 25 United States USA 216.7
6 Fritz Kaufmann 26 Switzerland SUI 215.8
7 Sigmund Ruud 24 Norway NOR 215.1
8 Goro Adachi 19 Japan JPN 210.7
9 Cesare Chiogna Switzerland SUI 209.8
10 Erik Rylander 26 Sweden SWE 206.0
11 Holger Schön 21 Sweden SWE 201.8
12 Bronisław Czech 23 Poland POL 200.7
13 Peder Falstad 37 United States USA 199.5
14 Ernesto Zardini Italy ITA 196.7
15 John Steele 22 United States USA 195.6
16 Ingenuino Dallagio 21 Italy ITA 194.9
17 Stanisław Marusarz 18 Poland POL 192.5
18 Fritz Steuri 23 Switzerland SUI 192.4
19 Bob Lymburne 22 Canada CAN 192.1
20 Jacques Landry 20 Canada CAN 186.8
21 Antonín Bartoň 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 186.1
22 Andrzej Marusarz 18 Poland POL 185.9
23 František Šimůnek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 183.2
24 Ján Cífka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 172.5
25 Harald Paumgarten 27 Austria AUT 163.4
26 Jaroslav Feistauer 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 163.0
27 Severino Menardi 21 Italy ITA 161.6
28 Mitsutake Makita Japan JPN 134.2
29 Arnold Stone 21 Canada CAN 115.5
30 Leslie Gagne Canada CAN 110.5
31 Yoichi Takata Japan JPN 91.1
32 Katsumi Yamada 26 Japan JPN 70.0
AC Roy Mikkelsen 24 United States USA DNF
AC Harald Bosio 26 Austria AUT DNF