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Ski Jumping at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Venue(s): Ski Jump Italia, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Date Started: February 5, 1956
Date Finished: February 5, 1956
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: FIN Antti Hyvärinen
Silver: FIN Aulis Kallakorpi
Bronze: GER Harry Glaß

Summary

During the 1950-’s the ski jumping technique was changing to a more aerodynamic style, developed by the Swiss jumper Andreas Däscher. The old Kongsberg style developed in Norway after World War I, had the upper body bent at the hip, a wide forward lean, and arms extended in front of the skies parallel to each other. The Däscher style with stretched hip and arms placed backward for a closer lean reduced the air resistance and made it possible for the jumpers to improve their distance. German and Finnish jumpers were quick to adapt to the new technique, and one of the most skilled practitioners of the new technique was the best Soviet ski jumper, Georgian K’oba Ts’akadze. His body was so close to his skies that his breast almost touched the front part of his skies.

The 1956 Olympic ski jumping competition was the real breakthrough for the aerodynamic technique. In the first round, Antti Hyvärinen, seventh in the 1952 games and jumping first of the favorites, took the lead with an 81 metre jump. The 23 year old German from Oberstdorf, Max Bolkart, jumped 80 metres and equaled Hyvärinen’s points with his better style. Harry Glaß, a 25-year old from Klingenthal, East Germany, then made an excellent jump of 83,5 metres and was in the lead. Next to jump was Aulis Kallakorpi of Finland, winner at Holmenkollen in 1955. He equaled Glaß' length and was in second position, only 0,5 points behind the German. Jumping last of the 51 competitors, Andreas Däscher made a good jump of 82 metres and was in sixth position after the first round.

In the second round, Hyvärinen took an early lead with an excellent jump of 84 metres, the longest of the day. Ts’akadze, lying seventh after first round, made a gallant try to fight for a top placing, but fell after an 82,5 metre jump and was out of contention for the medals. Next of the favorites to challenge Hyvärinen’s lead was Harry Glaß, the first-round leader. He could only manage 80,5 metres and was 2,5 points behind Hyvärinen. Next to come was Kallakorpi, second-placed after the first round. He equaled Glaß’ distance, and better style points brought him into the silver medal position with the closest possible margin, only 0,5 points. It ended with a Finnish double, with an East German jumper taking the bronze medal.

For Norway, the nation who had dominated the six former Olympic jumping competitions, winning all six and taking 14 out of 18 possible medals, the result came as a shock, their best jumper placing only ninth. The Norwegians had been reluctant to adapt to the new aerodynamic style and was severely punished for this. The era of Norwegian domination in ski jumping was definitely over.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Antti Hyvärinen 23 Finland FIN Gold 227.0
2 Aulis Kallakorpi 27 Finland FIN Silver 225.0
3 Harry Glaß 25 Germany GER Bronze 224.5
4 Max Bolkart 23 Germany GER 222.5
5 Sven Pettersson 28 Sweden SWE 220.0
6 Andreas Däscher 28 Switzerland SUI 219.5
7 Eino Kirjonen 22 Finland FIN 219.0
8 Werner Lesser 23 Germany GER 210.0
9 Sverre Stallvik 28 Norway NOR 208.0
10 Hemmo Silvennoinen 23 Finland FIN 207.5
11 Arne Hoel 28 Norway NOR 206.5
12 Sepp Bradl 38 Austria AUT 205.5
13 Hiroshi Yoshizawa 24 Japan JPN 205.0
14 Bror Östman 27 Sweden SWE 204.5
15 Walter Habersatter 25 Austria AUT 201.5
16T Władysław Tajner 20 Poland POL 201.0
16T Nikolay Shamov 19 Soviet Union URS 201.0
18 Asbjørn Osnes 23 Norway NOR 199.5
19 Rudolf Schweinberger 20 Austria AUT 199.0
20 Andrzej Gąsienica Daniel 23 Poland POL 198.5
21 Art Devlin 33 United States USA 194.5
22 Jože Zidar 28 Yugoslavia YUG 194.0
23 Albin Rogelj 26 Yugoslavia YUG 192.5
24 Janez Polda 31 Yugoslavia YUG 191.5
25 Roman Gąsienica Sieczka 21 Poland POL 189.5
26 Sepp Kleisl 26 Germany GER 189.0
27 Jacques Charland 25 Canada CAN 188.0
28 Mojmír Stuchlík 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 187.5
29 Jáchym Bulín 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 186.0
30T Otto Leodolter 19 Austria AUT 185.0
30T Józef Huczek 20 Poland POL 185.0
30T K'oba Ts'akadze 21 Soviet Union URS 185.0
33 Tito Tolin 20 Italy ITA 184.5
34 Yury Moshkin Soviet Union URS 184.0
35 Sverre Stenersen 29 Norway NOR 183.5
36 Roy Sherwood 23 United States USA 183.0
37 Luigi Pennacchio 23 Italy ITA 180.5
38 Alfredo Prucker 29 Italy ITA 179.5
39 Koichi Sato 24 Japan JPN 178.5
40 Conrad Rochat 28 Switzerland SUI 177.0
41 Holger Karlsson 20 Sweden SWE 176.0
42 Nicolae Munteanu 24 Romania ROU 175.0
43 Bill Olson 26 United States USA 174.5
44 Erik Styf 23 Sweden SWE 169.0
45 Francis Perret 20 Switzerland SUI 168.5
46T André Monnier 29 France FRA 167.5
46T Richard Rabasa 24 France FRA 167.5
48T Régis Rey 26 France FRA 164.0
48T Enzo Perin 22 Italy ITA 164.0
50 Janez Gorišek 22 Yugoslavia YUG 162.0
51 Dick Rahoi 21 United States USA 158.0