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Ski Jumping at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Stadium, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Date Started: February 16, 1936
Date Finished: February 16, 1936
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: NOR Birger Ruud
Silver: SWE Sven Eriksson
Bronze: NOR Reidar Andersen

Summary

The interest for the ski jumping on the final day of the games was enormous. The official number of tickets sold was 106,000, while unofficial figures says that around 150,000 were gathered around Die Groβe Olympia-Schanze. On the honorary stand the leaders of the Third Reich, Führer Adolf Hitler, Generaloberst Hermann Göring and Reichsminister Dr. Joseph Goebbels could be seen together with other notables.

The usually strong Norwegian team consisted of defending champion Birger Ruud; the bronze medalist from 1932, Kåre Walberg; Reidar Andersen, three-time World Champion; and the 21-year-old, but not so merited Kongsberg-jumper, Arnholdt Kongsgård. The Swedes had great hopes for Sten Eriksson (Selånger), bronze medalist in three World Championships: 1931, 1933 and 1934. Eriksson had clearly beaten Ruud in a competition two weeks before the Olympics, and the Swedes felt they had good reasons for their optimism. Among the Middle European jumpers, a 22-year-old Polish jumper from Zakopane, Stanisław Marusarz, had shown promising things during the training jumps, and the Japanese jumpers impressed in the training sessions with long, brave and far more aerodynamic jumps than their European and North American colleagues. The landing was the big problem for the Japanese jumpers, many of their impressive jumps ending with a fall.

The huge crowd was to watch one of the closest competitions so far in the history of ski jumping. Eriksson had the longest jump in the first round (76.0 m.) and had a narrow lead over Ruud (75.0 m.), with Wahlberg in third position followed by the Finn Lauri Valonen (winner of the jumping event in the Nordic Combined earlier in the week), Andersen, Kongsgaard, Marusarz, Masaji Iguro from Japan and the US jumper, Norwegian born Sverre Fredheim, also had good jumps and were in contention for medals. Only eight points separated the leader, Eriksson, and 10th place.

Jumping first of the favorites in the second round was Walberg, with a 73.5 m. jump he took a clear lead. Then the 21-year old Japanese Tatsuta impressed the crowd with the longest jump of the day, 77.0 m., but as in his first jump, it ended with a fall. Nobody was able to match Walberg until start number 34 Ruud was ready. The defending champion was really a man for the big events. He produced the most stylish jump of the day, one meter longer than Walberg, and took the lead. Next was first-round leader Eriksson, who equaled his first jump of 76.0 m., but with a less style points he fell 1.5 points short of beating Ruud. Next of the favorites was Andersen, fifth after the first round. An excellent jump of 75.0 m. brought him ahead of Walberg and into the bronze medal spot. Last of the favorites was Marusarz, the Polish outsider. A good length, 75.5 m., brought him from 7th to 5th place in the final classification. Ruud had defended his gold, and Eriksson had taken the first ski jumping Olympic medal for Sweden.

The young German team did well, placing 10-12-17-18; in a team competition they would have been beaten only by the Norwegians. Tragically enough, only a few years later all of them would be dead, victims of World War II.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Birger Ruud 24 Norway NOR Gold 232.0
2 Sven Eriksson 28 Sweden SWE Silver 230.5
3 Reidar Andersen 24 Norway NOR Bronze 228.9
4 Kåre Walberg 23 Norway NOR 227.0
5 Stanisław Marusarz 22 Poland POL 221.6
6 Lauri Valonen 26 Finland FIN 219.4
7 Masaji Iguro 22 Japan JPN 218.2
8 Arnholdt Kongsgård 21 Norway NOR 217.7
9 Väinö Tiihonen 23 Finland FIN 215.3
10 Hans Marr 21 Germany GER 214.2
11 Sverre Fredheim 28 United States USA 214.1
12 Kurt Körner 23 Germany GER 209.3
13 Caspar Oimoen 29 United States USA 207.6
14 Tom Mobraaten 25 Canada CAN 206.9
15 Sixten Johansson 26 Sweden SWE 206.1
16 Nils Hjelmström 20 Sweden SWE 204.8
17 Franz Haslberger 21 Germany GER 204.6
18 Paul Krauß 18 Germany GER 204.4
19T Richard Bühler 20 Switzerland SUI 204.0
19T Sepp Bradl 18 Austria AUT 204.0
21 Andrzej Marusarz 22 Poland POL 203.7
22 Axel Östrand 26 Sweden SWE 203.4
23 Roy Mikkelsen 28 United States USA 202.6
24 Timo Murama 23 Finland FIN 202.2
25 Hans Mariacher 25 Austria AUT 201.5
26 Rudolf Rieger 20 Austria AUT 200.4
27 Jaroslav Lukeš 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 199.1
28 Marcel Raymond 24 Switzerland SUI 197.3
29 Josef Kahl 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 196.1
30 Walter Bietila 19 United States USA 195.2
31 Iwao Miyajima 21 Japan JPN 194.6
32 Johann Lahr 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 193.8
33 Bronisław Czech 27 Poland POL 193.0
34 Reto Badrutt 27 Switzerland SUI 191.2
35 Karl Johan Baadsvik 25 Canada CAN 187.1
36 Franz Aschenwald 23 Austria AUT 185.6
37 Bruno Da Col 22 Italy ITA 179.6
38 Norman Gagne 25 Canada CAN 177.3
39 Franc Pribošek 19 Yugoslavia YUG 175.9
40 Oldřich Buďárek 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 174.2
41T Albin Novšak 20 Yugoslavia YUG 174.0
41T Hubert Sandor Clompe 25 Romania ROU 174.0
43 Franc Palme 21 Yugoslavia YUG 168.9
44 Albin Jakopič 24 Yugoslavia YUG 156.1
45 Goro Adachi 23 Japan JPN 150.8
46 Shinji Tatsuta 21 Japan JPN 101.2
47 Sauli Pälli 23 Finland FIN 80.3
AC Mario Bonomo 24 Italy ITA DNF