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Ski Jumping at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Jumping Hill, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 7, 1948
Date Finished: February 7, 1948
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: NOR Petter Hugsted
Silver: NOR Birger Ruud
Bronze: NOR Thorleif Schjelderup

Summary

The ski jumping event was organized on the last competition day of the 1948 Winter Olympics. For the first time in a big international competition five judges would give style points, and the highest and lowest style points were deleted. The old system included three judges, and all scores counted.

The Norwegian skiers had experienced a lot of disappointments during the 1948 Winter Olympics. Their Nordic Combined and Cross Country skiers had been able to win only one medal, bronze in the cross country relay. High expectations lay on the ski jumpers, but the Finnish, Swedish and US jumpers had impressed in the training sessions and the competition was expected to be tough.

The Norwegian team was originally selected to be Asbjørn Ruud, the youngest of the Ruud brothers, winner at Holmenkollen in 1946 and national champion in 1946 and 1948; Georg Thrane from Asker Skiklubb, winner at Holmenkollen in 1947, Petter Hugstedt, unmerited in international competitions but like the Ruud brothers also representing the famous ski jumping club Kongsberg IF. The fourth man on the team, Thorleif Schjelderup from Oslo, came second to Asbjørn Ruud at Holmenkollen in 1946. The double Olympic champion from 1932 and 1936, Birger Ruud, now aged 36, was also a member of the Norwegian team as a substitute and assistant coach. Late in the evening before the competition, the Norwegian team leaders decided to withdraw Thrane in favor of Birger Ruud, certainly after pressure from the organizers and FIS. Birger had impressed with excellent training jumps, he was extremely popular in Middle Europe, and his elder brother Sigmund was chairman of the FIS Jumping Committee. Thrane, who was informed of the decision at ten o’clock in the evening, was shocked by the message and his relations with the Ruud brothers were rather bad in the following years.

In the first round of the competition, the 20-year old Finn Matti Pietikäinen made an impressive jump of 69,5 metres and was in the lead, followed by Hugsted, Birger Ruud and Schjelderup. US jumper Gordy Wren jumped 68 metres, the second best in the first round, but lower style points placed him behind the three Norwegians. In the second round all the Norwegians jumped well. Hugstedt had the longest jump of the day, 70 metres, with 3x19.0 for his style points. Birger Ruud again showed his strong competitive instincts by taking the silver medal, and Schjelderup made the day perfect for the Norwegians by taking the bronze medal, only 0,5 points ahead of Pietikäinen.

Hugstedt was never able to win at Holmenkollen or to win a national championship title. He won the international competition in Lahti, Finland 1947, and also the open US and Canadian Championships in 1949. After placing seventh in the Lake Placid World Championships 1950 he ended his jumping career. Matti Pietikäinen had his only Olympic appearance in 1948, but eight years later he was crowned World Champion in ski jumping in Falun, Sweden.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Petter Hugsted 26 Norway NOR Gold 228.1
2 Birger Ruud 36 Norway NOR Silver 226.6
3 Thorleif Schjelderup 28 Norway NOR Bronze 225.1
4 Matti Pietikäinen 20 Finland FIN 224.6
5 Gordy Wren 29 United States USA 222.8
6 Leo Laakso 29 Finland FIN 221.7
7 Asbjørn Ruud 28 Norway NOR 220.2
8 Aatto Pietikäinen 26 Finland FIN 216.4
9 Fritz Tschannen 27 Switzerland SUI 214.8
10 Hans Zurbriggen 27 Switzerland SUI 214.0
11 Evert Karlsson 27 Sweden SWE 212.2
12 Sverre Fredheim 40 United States USA 210.1
13 Willy Klopfenstein 27 Switzerland SUI 209.3
14 Vilhelm Hellman 25 Sweden SWE 208.1
15 Joe Perrault 23 United States USA 207.0
16 Miloslav Bělonožník 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 203.9
17 Andreas Däscher 20 Switzerland SUI 203.8
18 Bruno Da Col 34 Italy ITA 201.2
19 Hubert Hammerschmied 33 Austria AUT 199.8
20 Zdeněk Remsa 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 198.6
21 Jaroslav Lukeš 35 Czechoslovakia TCH 198.5
22 Arsène Lucchini 25 France FRA 198.0
23 Karel Klančnik 30 Yugoslavia YUG 197.2
24 Gregor Höll 36 Austria AUT 195.8
25 James Couttet 26 France FRA 194.3
26 Régis Charlet 27 France FRA 193.7
27 Stanisław Marusarz 34 Poland POL 192.8
28 Toni Wieser 27 Austria AUT 192.1
29 Josef Císař 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 189.4
30 Józef Daniel Krzeptowski 26 Poland POL 188.9
31 Jean Monnier 23 France FRA 188.5
32 Franc Pribošek 31 Yugoslavia YUG 187.4
33 Jan Kula 25 Poland POL 184.5
34 Ferenc Hemrik 22 Hungary HUN 183.3
35 Helmut Hadwiger 25 Austria AUT 181.4
36 Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak 25 Poland POL 180.8
37 Jónas Ásgeirsson 27 Iceland ISL 179.8
38 Aldo Trivella 26 Italy ITA 176.6
39 Bill Irwin 27 Canada CAN 175.1
40 Nils Lundh 27 Sweden SWE 152.7
41 Janez Polda 23 Yugoslavia YUG 145.2
42 Walter Bietila 31 United States USA 142.9
43 Janko Mežik 26 Yugoslavia YUG 136.9
44 Tom Mobraaten 37 Canada CAN 135.9
45 Igino Rizzi 23 Italy ITA 131.7
46 Laurent Bernier 19 Canada CAN 129.3
AC Erkki Rajala 24 Finland FIN DNF
AC Erik Lindström 30 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Pál Ványa 43 Hungary HUN DNF