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Nordic Combined at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Stadium, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Date Started: February 12, 1936
Date Finished: February 13, 1936
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 18 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: NOR Oddbjørn Hagen
Silver: NOR Olaf Hoffsbakken
Bronze: NOR Sverre Brodahl

Summary

A record entry of 51 skiers from 16 countries started in the first event of the Nordic Combined, the 18 km. cross country. Norway had an outstanding Winter Olympic record in this event, winning all the medals at the three previous games, and all members of their quartet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, headed by double world champion Oddbjørn Hagen, was especially strong in cross country. The Norwegians placed 1-2-3-6 in the 18 km. with Hagen in a clear lead, over 2 minutes ahead of Olaf Hoffsbakken and 3:36 ahead of the best non-Norwegian, František Šimůnek from Czechoslovakia in 4th place. However, at the 1935 World Championships, the Finn Lauri Valonen had taken 2nd place and the German Willy Bogner was 3rd in front of two Norwegians, due to good jumping results. In spite of moderate jumping results, the Norwegians once again claimed all the medals in Garmisch. Hagen and Hoffsbakken jumped safely and won the gold and silver easily by a clear margin. Sverre Brodahl was in trouble after a bad first jump measuring only 40 m., but was able to keep the winner of the ski jump Valonen behind in the fight for the bronze medal. Valonen had the best jumps in both rounds with 52 and 54.5 m., advancing from 26th place in the cross country to 4th place overall. The surprise man from the cross country part, Šimůnek, was able to stay ahead of the fourth Norwegian, Bernt Østerkløft, by only 0.5 points, ending 5th.

Oddbjørn Hagen ended his international skiing career in an impressive way, taking his third championship gold in a row. Germany had the second best jumper in the competition, but Toni Eisgruber was a mediocre cross country skier and ended as 23rd in the overall standings. Bogner’s 12th place was a disappointment for the Germans. Gustl Berauer, representing Czechoslovakia, ended up as 14th. He was a Sudeten-German, and after the German occupation of the Sudetenland in 1938, Berauer competed for Germany and became world champion in Nordic Combined at Zakopane in 1939.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Oddbjørn Hagen 28 Norway NOR Gold 430.3
2 Olaf Hoffsbakken 27 Norway NOR Silver 419.8
3 Sverre Brodahl 27 Norway NOR Bronze 408.1
4 Lauri Valonen 26 Finland FIN 401.2
5 František Šimůnek 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 394.3
6 Bernt Østerkløft 29 Norway NOR 393.8
7T Stanisław Marusarz 22 Poland POL 393.3
7T Timo Murama 23 Finland FIN 393.3
9 Johann Lahr 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 387.4
10 Niilo Nikunen 22 Finland FIN 383.8
11 Jonas Westman 26 Sweden SWE 382.7
12 Willy Bogner 26 Germany GER 381.5
13 Josef Gumpold 27 Germany GER 380.7
14 Gustl Berauer 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 379.1
15 Hubert Köstinger 21 Austria AUT 375.2
16 Bronisław Czech 27 Poland POL 375.0
17 Hans Baumann 26 Austria AUT 372.1
18 Friedl Wagner 23 Germany GER 371.9
19 Pertti Mattila 26 Finland FIN 368.4
20 Severino Menardi 25 Italy ITA 368.3
21 Oswald Julen 23 Switzerland SUI 367.3
22 Willi Bernath 21 Switzerland SUI 366.4
23 Toni Eisgruber 23 Germany GER 364.9
24 Marian Orlewicz 22 Poland POL 363.8
25 Markus Maier 24 Austria AUT 361.9
26 Rudolf Vrána 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 359.4
27 Karl Magnus Satre 32 United States USA 355.8
28 Berger Torrissen 34 United States USA 355.5
29 Isamu Sekiguchi 25 Japan JPN 350.9
30 Ernst Berger 22 Switzerland SUI 350.1
31 Tom Mobraaten 25 Canada CAN 348.8
32 Andrzej Marusarz 22 Poland POL 345.5
33 Walter Delle Karth 24 Austria AUT 333.2
34 Tone Dečman 22 Yugoslavia YUG 331.4
35 Tsutomu Sekido 20 Japan JPN 330.3
36 Albin Jakopič 24 Yugoslavia YUG 327.7
37 Edward Blood 27 United States USA 325.5
38 Leon Bebler 23 Yugoslavia YUG 316.7
39 Bud Clark 25 Canada CAN 315.4
40 Holger Lundgren 23 Sweden SWE 313.2
41 Karl Johan Baadsvik 25 Canada CAN 306.9
42 Edgars Gruzītis 23 Latvia LAT 282.7
43 Shinzo Yamada 22 Japan JPN 278.8
44 Paul Ottar Satre 27 United States USA 273.9
45 Percy Legard 29 Great Britain GBR 249.3
46 William Ball 27 Canada CAN 244.7
AC Andrea Vuerich 28 Italy ITA DNF
AC Harald Hedjerson 22 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Károly Kővári 23 Hungary HUN DNF
AC László Szalay 21 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Rado Istenič 20 Yugoslavia YUG DNF