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Alpine Skiing at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games:

Men's Combined

Alpine Skiing at the 1936 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Venue(s): Gudiberg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen; Kreuzeck Area, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Date Started: February 7, 1936
Date Finished: February 9, 1936
Format: One downhill run and two slalom runs, point tables determined placement.

Gold: GER Franz Pfnür
Silver: GER Gustav Lantschner
Bronze: FRA Émile Allais

Summary

One of the hotly debated issues in the last months before the Olympic Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was about the status of the ski instructors. In 1932, the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) had decided to permit instructors to compete in international competitions. At the IOC Session in Oslo in the winter of 1935, the IOC informed the FIS that paid ski instructors would not be allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics. One of the victims of this decision was the Austrian skier Toni Seelos, world champion in Alpine Combination in 1935. Seelos was also the coach for Christel Cranz, who won the women’s Alpine Combination in the 1936 games. According to contemporary reports, Seelos was a test skier in the first round in the slalom event in the Olympic Winter Games, and recorded a time 6 seconds better than the fastest time in the competition! Austria and Switzerland declined to enter a team in the men's event in protest against the IOC decision to exclude the ski instructors from the Olympics.

Among the entries, he silver medalist in the combination at the 1936 World Championships, the French skier Émile Allais from Megève, was among the hottest names, together with the German favorites Franz Pfnür (gold in 1935 downhill) and Gustav Lantscher, the Austrian-born world champion in the 1932 downhill who received German citizenship in 1935. The home favorite Roman Wörndle and 17-year-old Rudi Cranz, the little brother of the Olympic champion Christel Cranz, completed the strong German team. Unlike Laila Schou Nilsen, the Norwegian Birger Ruud, Olympic champion in ski jumping 1932, was also a well known name among the alpine skiers. He won bronze in the Alpine Combined at the 1935 World Championships, and knew the slopes of Kreuzjoch quite well, since he had stayed in Garmisch for several months during the last two years, working as a very popular assistant in a local sport shop.

The men’s downhill course was 3,800 m. with a descent of 959 m., and the competition started at noon, one hour after the start of the women’s race. The four best placed in the competition were the first four to finish, and were the only competitors able to break the 5 minute barrier. With start number 1, Lantschner crossed the finishing line in 4:58.2. The next skier Allais came close, recording 4:58.8. With start number 3, Ruud made an excellent time of 4:47.4, taking the lead with a +10 second’s margin. Pfnür, with start number 5, was unable to beat the Norwegian, but with the second best time of 4:51.8 he was in good position before the slalom event.

Two days later the slalom event was organized in Gudiberg, and the start and finishing points were the same as for the women the day before. The men however had to negotiate 33 gates, 10 more than the ladies. In the first round Ruud spoiled his medal chances by missing a gate – he had to climb back and also received a 6 seconds penalty – giving him a time over 20 seconds behind the leader. Pfnür had the best time in both rounds and won the gold medal easily. Lantschner secured a German double by keeping ahead of Allais in both rounds. Home favorite Wörndle was given a 6 seconds penalty in the second round and was unable to catch Ruud, and the young and talented Cranz was out of contention for medals after a 12 second penalty in the first round. In the second round he was only 0.1 seconds behind the champion Pfnür. Six years later both Wörndle and Cranz had become victims of the World War II, both losing their lives on the Eastern front as soldiers in the Wehrmacht.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Franz Pfnür 27 Germany GER Gold 99.25
2 Gustav Lantschner 25 Germany GER Silver 96.26
3 Émile Allais 23 France FRA Bronze 94.69
4 Birger Ruud 24 Norway NOR 93.38
5 Roman Wörndle 22 Germany GER 91.16
6 Rudi Cranz 17 Germany GER 91.03
7 Cinto Sertorelli 22 Italy ITA 90.39
8 Alf Konningen 34 Norway NOR 90.06
9 Per Fossum 25 Norway NOR 88.12
10 Dick Durrance, Jr. 21 United States USA 87.74
11 Maurice Lafforgue 20 France FRA 85.83
12 Peter Lunn 21 Great Britain GBR 83.82
13 George Page 25 United States USA 82.85
14 James Palmer-Tomkinson 20 Great Britain GBR 82.52
15 Ciril Praček 22 Yugoslavia YUG 81.54
16 Walter Hollmann Czechoslovakia TCH 81.01
17 Adriano Guarnieri 21 Italy ITA 80.94
18 Vittorio Chierroni 18 Italy ITA 80.80
19 László Szalay 21 Hungary HUN 79.68
20 Bronisław Czech 27 Poland POL 79.41
21 Johann Knahl 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 78.41
22 Roland Allard 24 France FRA 77.86
23 Robert Livermore, Jr. 26 United States USA 77.18
24 Horst Scheeser 23 Romania ROU 76.55
25 Franci Čop 21 Yugoslavia YUG 75.88
26 Walter Pick 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 75.30
27 Károly Kővári 23 Hungary HUN 75.05
28 Karol Zając 22 Poland POL 74.87
29 Christopher Hudson 35 Great Britain GBR 73.92
30 Imre Csík 23 Hungary HUN 72.24
31 Bertil Persson 21 Sweden SWE 70.95
32 Fedor Weinschenk 20 Poland POL 65.67
33 Emil Žnidar 21 Yugoslavia YUG 61.84
AC Eduard Hromádka 26 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Karl Johan Baadsvik 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Borislav Yordanov 27 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Willi Zacharias 21 Romania ROU DNF
AC Link Washburn 24 United States USA DNF
AC William Ball 27 Canada CAN DNF
AC Isamu Sekiguchi 25 Japan JPN DNF
AC Raymond de Braconnier 18 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Dimitrios Negrepontis 20 Greece GRE DNF
AC Werner De Spoelberch 34 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Rudolf Kloeckner 18 Romania ROU DNF
AC Tsutomu Sekido 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Bud Clark 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Iosif Covaci 23 Romania ROU DNF
AC Hiroshi Tadano 22 Japan JPN DNF
AC Hubert Negele 17 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Jacques Peten 23 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Asen Tsankov 24 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Franz Schädler 18 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Herberts Bērtulsons 32 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Askolds Hermanovskis 23 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Nazım Aslangil 25 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Ülker Pamir 22 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Sigmund Ruud 28 Norway NOR DNF
AC Levente Balatoni 26 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Mehmut Şevket Karman 23 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Reşat Erceş 17 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Boyan Dimitrov 19 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Raoul Weckbecker 37 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Rolando Zanni 21 Italy ITA DNF
AC Charles Bracht 21 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Hubert Hajm 21 Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC James Riddell 26 Great Britain GBR DNF