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Nordic Combined at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Jumping Hill, St. Moritz; Ski Stadium, St. Moritz
Date Started: January 31, 1948
Date Finished: February 1, 1948
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 18 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: FIN Heikki Hasu
Silver: FIN Martti Huhtala
Bronze: SWE Sven Israelsson

Summary

Nordic Combined had been an internal Norwegian affair in the four previous Winter Games, the Norwegians winning all medals, and the event was considered as a Norwegian speciality. It was therefore a great shock for the nation when the Swede Sven Israelsson, in front of a home crowd of 70 000, could as the first foreigner be celebrated as the winner of Nordic Combined in Holmekollen 1947. And that was not enough: Second was the Swiss skier Niklaus Stump, and the best Norwegian Olaf Dufseth had to be satisfied by third place. The Norwegians had been warned.

In St. Moritz the 18 km Cross Country part of Nordic Combined was integrated in the event for the specialists, and the results of the Nordic Combined participants counted for this event. Out of 84 starters, 39 of them participated in the combined event.

The day brought another shock to the Norwegians, this time coming from their Finnish neighbors. One of the youngest participants in the competition, the 21 year old and unmerited Heikki Hasu, outclassed his opponents and was almost 3 minutes ahead of his countryman, the more merited Martti Huhtala. The best Norwegian in third place, Olav Odden, was beaten by Hasu with almost 5 minutes, and Israelsson and Stump, both considered as having their best event in jumping, were close behind Odden. Hasu’s excellent race placed him 4th among the specialist, only 36 seconds behind the bronze winner.

In the jumping event the day after, each skier had 3 jumps, and only the two best jumps counted. Hasu jumped safely and won the gold medal with a clear margin. Israelsson was the best jumper of all, but was not able to catch Huhtala in the battle for silver and had to settle for bronze. Stump advanced from 7th to 4th place. For the Norwegians, the jumping event went even worse than the cross country part. Odden jumped badly and fell down to 11th place. Their best jumper, Eilert Dahl, placed 8th in the jumping event and could advance to a 6th place in the final results. The US skiers Gordon Wren and Corey Engen impressed by coming 2nd and 3rd in the jumping event, but were too far behind in the cross country race to fight for a top placing in the final ranking.

Some of the lost Norwegian pride was restored in Holmenkollen a few weeks later, when Simon Slåttvik, aged 30 and coming from the northern part of Norway, won the Nordic Combined with another Norwegian outside the Olympic team, Ottar Gjermundshaug in 2nd place. Huhtala was 3rd and Israelsson a distant 14th, but Hasu and Stump was not taking part. Slåttvik became Norwegian Champion in 1947, but could not raise money enough to travel to the Norwegian Olympic selection competitions early in the 1948 season.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Heikki Hasu 21 Finland FIN Gold 448.80
2 Martti Huhtala 29 Finland FIN Silver 433.65
3 Sven Israelsson 28 Sweden SWE Bronze 433.40
4 Niklaus Stump 27 Switzerland SUI 421.50
5 Olavi Sihvonen 29 Finland FIN 416.20
6 Eilert Dahl 28 Norway NOR 414.30
7 Pauli Salonen 31 Finland FIN 413.30
8 Olaf Dufseth 30 Norway NOR 412.60
9 Erik Elmsäter 28 Sweden SWE 410.95
10 Clas Haraldsson 25 Sweden SWE 410.75
11 Olav Odden 33 Norway NOR 409.15
12 Kåre Østerdal 30 Norway NOR 404.20
13 Alfons Supersaxo 21 Switzerland SUI 400.40
14 Alfredo Prucker 21 Italy ITA 394.00
15 Rizzieri Rodeghiero 28 Italy ITA 388.80
16 Josl Gstrein 30 Austria AUT 381.70
17 Theo Allenbach Switzerland SUI 376.10
18 Gottlieb Perren 21 Switzerland SUI 373.80
19 René Jeandel 23 France FRA 371.10
20 Stefan Dziedzic 20 Poland POL 367.60
21 Karl Martitsch 30 Austria AUT 360.20
22 Józef Daniel Krzeptowski 26 Poland POL 359.80
23 Hubert Hammerschmied 33 Austria AUT 356.90
24 Tone Razinger 26 Yugoslavia YUG 352.45
25 Tadeusz Kwapień 24 Poland POL 352.20
26 Corey Engen 31 United States USA 346.80
27 Don Johnson 25 United States USA 345.10
28 Alberto Tassotti 29 Italy ITA 342.10
29 Gordy Wren 29 United States USA 340.20
30 Walter Jeandel 29 France FRA 339.60
31 Jaroslav Kadavý 36 Czechoslovakia TCH 338.60
32 Bohumil Kosour 34 Czechoslovakia TCH 328.50
33 Ralph Townsend, Jr. 26 United States USA 326.70
34 Leopold Tajner 26 Poland POL 321.50
35 Jaroslav Lukeš 35 Czechoslovakia TCH 320.90
36 František Šimůnek 37 Czechoslovakia TCH 312.30
37 Bill Irwin 27 Canada CAN 280.00
38 Nikola Delev 23 Bulgaria BUL 262.10
AC Paul Haslwanter 33 Austria AUT DNF