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Alpine Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Squaw Peak, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 22, 1960
Date Finished: February 22, 1960

Gold: FRA Jean Vuarnet
Silver: GER Hans Peter Lanig
Bronze: FRA Guy Périllat

Summary

This was supposed to be the first Alpine event of the 1960 Winter Olympics but snowstorms forced a three-day postponement. With Austrian superstar Toni Sailer, three-time gold medalist at the 1956 Winter Olympics and 1958 World Championships, now a professional, there was no overwhelming favorite. The seventh skier off, Germany’s Hans Peter Lanig, took the lead with a time of 2:06.5, and it held up for two more skiers. But then France’s Jean Vuarnet, bronze medalist at the 1958 World Championships, came down, one of the first skiers to utilize the modern aerodynamic egg position, and he won the gold medal with his time of 2:06.0. Vuarnet also used metal skis, the first Olympic gold medalist to use what would become standard equipment until composite materials replaced metal. He later lent his name to a popular brand of sunglasses, Vuarnet Sunglasses. Vuarnet had married a French ski racer, Edith Bonlieu, and in 1994, she and their son, Patrick, were among those who participated in a mass suicide by members of the cult, the Order of the Solar Temple.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jean Vuarnet 22 France FRA Gold 2:06.0
2 Hans Peter Lanig 24 Germany GER Silver 2:06.5
3 Guy Périllat 19 France FRA Bronze 2:06.9
4 Willi Forrer 24 Switzerland SUI 2:07.8
5 Roger Staub 23 Switzerland SUI 2:08.9
6 Bruno Alberti 25 Italy ITA 2:09.1
7 Karl Schranz 21 Austria AUT 2:09.2
8 Charles Bozon 27 France FRA 2:09.6
9 Willy Bogner 18 Germany GER 2:09.7
10 Egon N. Zimmermann 27 Austria AUT 2:09.8
11 Luggi Leitner 19 Germany GER 2:10.2
12 Paride Milianti 25 Italy ITA 2:10.8
13 Jakob Arduser 20 Switzerland SUI 2:10.9
14 Dave Gorsuch 21 United States USA 2:11.0
15 Pepi Stiegler 22 Austria AUT 2:13.1
16 Eberhard Riedel 22 Germany GER 2:13.3
17 Gordi Eaton 20 United States USA 2:14.0
18 Max Marolt 23 United States USA 2:14.2
19 Anderl Molterer 28 Austria AUT 2:15.1
20T Nando Pajarola 24 Switzerland SUI 2:15.4
20T Oddvar Rønnestad 24 Norway NOR 2:15.4
22T Marvin Melville 25 United States USA 2:15.9
22T Verne Anderson 22 Canada CAN 2:15.9
24 Italo Pedroncelli 24 Italy ITA 2:16.8
25 Felice De Nicolo 17 Italy ITA 2:18.1
26 Jean-Guy Brunet 20 Canada CAN 2:18.2
27 Frederick Tommy 18 Canada CAN 2:18.4
28 Don Bruneski 22 Canada CAN 2:19.9
29 Georgi Varoshkin 27 Bulgaria BUL 2:20.0
30 Georgi Dimitrov 29 Bulgaria BUL 2:20.2
31 Francisco Cortes 19 Chile CHI 2:20.8
32 Vicente Vera 23 Chile CHI 2:24.5
33 Jóhann Vilbergsson 24 Iceland ISL 2:24.6
34 Chiharu Igaya 28 Japan JPN 2:25.0
35 Charlach Mackintosh 24 Great Britain GBR 2:25.1
36 Kristinn Benediktsson 20 Iceland ISL 2:26.0
37 Eysteinn Þórðarson 25 Iceland ISL 2:26.2
38 Hernán Boher 19 Chile CHI 2:26.7
39 Victor Tagle 19 Chile CHI 2:26.9
40 Geoff Pitchford 23 Great Britain GBR 2:27.3
41 Adolf Fehr 19 Liechtenstein LIE 2:27.4
42 Manuel García-Moran 25 Spain ESP 2:27.6
43 Robert Skepper 21 Great Britain GBR 2:28.1
44 Luis Sánchez 19 Spain ESP 2:28.3
45 Osvaldo Ancinas 25 Argentina ARG 2:28.4
46 Osamu Tada 24 Japan JPN 2:28.5
47 Aleksandar Shalamanov 18 Bulgaria BUL 2:29.0
48 Sam Chaffey 25 New Zealand NZL 2:29.3
49T Silvan Kindle 23 Liechtenstein LIE 2:29.4
49T Hermann Kindle 24 Liechtenstein LIE 2:29.4
51 Luis Arias 29 Spain ESP 2:29.8
52 Bill Day 26 Australia AUS 2:30.5
53 Masayoshi Mitani 22 Japan JPN 2:31.3
54 Bill Hunt 30 New Zealand NZL 2:32.0
55 John Oakes 27 Great Britain GBR 2:36.0
56 Ibrahim Geagea 35 Lebanon LIB 2:39.2
57 Peter Brockhoff 23 Australia AUS 2:39.7
58 Zeki Şamiloğlu 23 Turkey TUR 2:42.4
59 Nazih Geagea 18 Lebanon LIB 3:00.3
60 Clemente Tellechea 26 Argentina ARG 3:20.2
61 Im Gyeong-Sun South Korea KOR 3:34.4
AC Adrien Duvillard 25 France FRA DQ
AC Muzaffer Demirhan 27 Turkey TUR DQ