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Cross Country Skiing at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's 18 kilometres

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Ski Stadium, St. Moritz
Date Started: January 31, 1948
Date Finished: January 31, 1948

Gold: SWE Martin Lundström
Silver: SWE Nils Östensson
Bronze: SWE Gunnar Eriksson

Summary

The Swedes were highly favored in the cross-country skiing events in 1948. During the war Swedish skiers had developed new training methods to increase their stamina, and changed their technique, giving more importance to the diagonal style. They had also developed a new type of ski wax, the famous brand Swix. At the Holmenkollen competition in 1947, [Nils Karlsson] won the 18 km. race, followed by three countrymen and two Finns, with the best Norwegian placing seventh, almost four minutes behind the winner.

Karlsson was regarded as the favorite, but after a fast opening section he struggled with the thin air and finished in fifth place, last among the Swedes, save for the Nordic combined entrants. Martin Lundström, a 29-year old from Umeå, had his international breakthrough and won comfortably ahead of Nils Östensson and Gunnar Eriksson. The winner of the Nordic Combined, Heikki Hasu (FIN), was the only skier able to split the Swedish quartet, beating Karlsson by 11 seconds for fourth place. For the Norwegians, the event was a great disappointment. Their best skier, Olav Hagen, came in ninth, beaten by Lundström by over five minutes.

Before 1948, Lundström had been unable to win a Swedish Championship, but this was his great year. Later in the season he won the Holmenkollen 18 km. race followed by four more Swedes, and he would also claim three Swedish titles – 18 km., 30 km. and as a member of his club’s relay team.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Martin Lundström 29 Sweden SWE Gold 1-13:50 23:53 1 51:28 2
2 Nils Östensson 29 Sweden SWE Silver 1-14:22 23:59 2 51:19 10
3 Gunnar Eriksson 27 Sweden SWE Bronze 1-16:06 24:12 =4 52:48 4
4 Heikki Hasu 21 Finland FIN 1-16:43 24:12 =4 52:40 3
5 Nils Karlsson 30 Sweden SWE 1-16:54 24:15 6 53:52 7
6 Sauli Rytky 29 Finland FIN 1-18:10 24:05 3 53:33 6
7 August Kiuru 25 Finland FIN 1-18:25 24:41 7 53:27 5
8 Teuvo Laukkanen 28 Finland FIN 1-18:51 24:44 9 53:57 8
9 Olav Hagen 26 Norway NOR 1-19:05 24:43 8
10 Martti Huhtala 29 Finland FIN 1-19:28 24:49 10 54:36 9
11 Benoît Carrara 21 France FRA 1-20:03 55:09 10
12 Eero Rautiola 26 Finland FIN 1-20:18
13 Olav Økern 36 Norway NOR 1-20:37
14 Olav Odden 33 Norway NOR 1-21:35
15 Erling Evensen 33 Norway NOR 1-21:40
16 Sven Israelsson 28 Sweden SWE 1-21:44
17 Reidar Nyborg 24 Norway NOR 1-21:47
18 Olaf Dufseth 30 Norway NOR 1-21:50
19 Erik Elmsäter 28 Sweden SWE 1-22:12
20T Edy Schild 28 Switzerland SUI 1-22:15
20T Niklaus Stump 27 Switzerland SUI 1-22:15
22 Severino Compagnoni 33 Italy ITA 1-22:21
23 Olavi Sihvonen 29 Finland FIN 1-22:26
24 Pauli Salonen 31 Finland FIN 1-22:28
25 Max Müller 31 Switzerland SUI 1-22:40
26 Robert Zurbriggen 30 Switzerland SUI 1-22:51
27 Eilert Dahl 28 Norway NOR 1-22:52
28 Karl Rafreider 30 Austria AUT 1-23:19 26:10 NP 56:34 NP
29 Alfredo Prucker 21 Italy ITA 1-23:26
30 Theo Allenbach Switzerland SUI 1-23:54
31 Rizzieri Rodeghiero 28 Italy ITA 1-24:12
32 Kåre Østerdal 30 Norway NOR 1-24:20
33 Clas Haraldsson 25 Sweden SWE 1-24:21
34 Alfons Supersaxo 21 Switzerland SUI 1-24:29
35 Christiano Rodeghiero 32 Italy ITA 1-24:34
36 Josl Gstrein 30 Austria AUT 1-25:04 27:13 NP 57:11 NP
37 Marius Mora 26 France FRA 1-25:06
38 Stefan Dziedzic 20 Poland POL 1-25:33
39 Engelbert Hundertpfund 29 Austria AUT 1-25:41 27:03 NP 58:03 NP
40 Jaroslav Cardal 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-25:44
41 Karl Bricker 24 Switzerland SUI 1-25:47
42 René Jeandel 23 France FRA 1-25:57
43 Gottlieb Perren 21 Switzerland SUI 1-26:27
44 André Buffard 22 France FRA 1-27:18
45 Hias Noichl 27 Austria AUT 1-27:34 27:11 NP 59:27 NP
46 Josef Deutschmann 27 Austria AUT 1-27:43 27:50 NP 59:39 NP
47 Tadeusz Kwapień 24 Poland POL 1-27:55
48 Paul Bouveret 27 France FRA 1-28:07
49 András Harangvölgyi 24 Hungary HUN 1-28:10
50 Alberto Tassotti 29 Italy ITA 1-28:16
51 Tone Razinger 26 Yugoslavia YUG 1-28:24
52 Arcangelo Chiocchetti 26 Italy ITA 1-28:36
53 Matevž Kordež 28 Yugoslavia YUG 1-28:37
54 Vincenzo Perruchon 27 Italy ITA 1-28:50
55 Jože Knific 32 Yugoslavia YUG 1-29:01
56 Anton Pogačnik 29 Yugoslavia YUG 1-29:08
57 Imre Beták 25 Hungary HUN 1-29:24
58T Vít Fousek, Sr. 34 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-29:37
58T Bohumil Kosour 34 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-29:37
60 Jaroslav Zajíček 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-29:44
61 Paul Haslwanter 33 Austria AUT 1-31:00 25:01 NP 1-02:16 NP
62 Józef Daniel Krzeptowski 26 Poland POL 1-31:05
63 Štefan Kovalčík 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-31:06
64 Karl Martitsch 30 Austria AUT 1-31:19 28:04 NP 1-02:38 NP
65 Wendell Broomhall 28 United States USA 1-31:40
66 Don Johnson 25 United States USA 1-32:03
67 Jaroslav Kadavý 36 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-32:17
68 Hubert Hammerschmied 33 Austria AUT 1-32:47 29:30 NP 1-03:31 NP
69 Alojz Klančnik 35 Yugoslavia YUG 1-33:02
70 Stanisław Bukowski 25 Poland POL 1-34:17
71 Walter Jeandel 29 France FRA 1-34:19
72 František Šimůnek 37 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-35:21
73 Tom Dennie 25 Canada CAN 1-35:41
74 Ralph Townsend, Jr. 26 United States USA 1-37:12
75 Corey Engen 31 United States USA 1-37:24
76 Leopold Tajner 26 Poland POL 1-38:45
77 Gordy Wren 29 United States USA 1-40:12
78 Jaroslav Lukeš 35 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-41:00
79 Christof Frommelt 29 Liechtenstein LIE 1-42:35
80 Nikola Delev 23 Bulgaria BUL 1-43:29
81 Bill Irwin 27 Canada CAN 1-44:43
82 Egon Matt 22 Liechtenstein LIE 1-48:41
83 Erwin Jehle 24 Liechtenstein LIE 1-49:26
AC Georgi Doykov 23 Bulgaria BUL DNF