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Nordic Combined at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California; Olympic Jumping Hill, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 21, 1960
Date Finished: February 22, 1960
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 15 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: GER Georg Thoma
Silver: NOR Tormod Knutsen
Bronze: URS Nikolay Gusakov

Summary

Defending Olympic Champion Sverre Stenersen had shown consistency after 1956, taking the silver medal at the 1958 World Championships and winning at Holmenkollen in 1959. His teammate, Tormod Knutsen, younger by five years but the National Champion in 1959-60 and winner at Holmenkollen in 1958, was considered as Norway’s gold favorite for the 1960 Olympics. Finland’s 1958 World Champion, Paavo Korhonen, was an excellent cross-country skier, but his jumping was very variable and he was depending on two good jumps to be able to fight for the medals.

The Nordic Combination started with the ski jumping event as in the last two Winter Olympic Games. Georg Thoma, a 22-year-old from Hinterzarten in West Germany, won the jumping event ahead of Soviet Union’s Dmitry Kochkin and the Japanese Yosuke Eto, but all three were considered too weak in the cross-country event to contend for the gold medal. Thoma had recently won the West-German championships in ski jumping. Tormod Knutsen, lying fourth after the jumping event, was considered as the main favorite for the gold. World Champion Paavo Korhonen, placing only a modest 24th, seemed out of contention.

The cross-country race on the next day produced some surprising results. George Thoma skied well and produced the fourth fastest time of the day, holding off Tormod Knutsen and won the gold medal with a clear margin over his Norwegian opponent. Nikolay Gusakov of the Soviet Union, a 25-year old Karelian married to 10 km Olympic Champion Mariya Gusakova, was the fastest skier of the day and advanced from tenth place in the jumping event into bronze medal position. Pekka Ristola from Finland placed sixth in both events and advanced to fourth place, ahead of Kochkin, who produced a decent cross-country race but could not defend his silver position from the jumping event.

Georg Thoma, after his breakthrough at the 1960 Olympics, emerged as one of the greatest all-time athletes in Nordic Combined. He won the Holmenkollen event in 1963, 1964 and 1965, and crowned his skiing career as World Champion in the same arena in 1966. He won another Olympic medal by placing third at the 1964 Games in Innsbruck.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Georg Thoma 22 Germany GER Gold 457.952
2 Tormod Knutsen 28 Norway NOR Silver 453.000
3 Nikolay Gusakov 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze 452.000
4 Pekka Ristola 30 Finland FIN 449.871
5 Dmitry Kochkin 25 Soviet Union URS 447.694
6 Arne Larsen 22 Norway NOR 444.613
7 Sverre Stenersen 33 Norway NOR 438.081
8 Lars Dahlqvist 24 Sweden SWE 436.532
9 Paavo Korhonen 31 Finland FIN 434.984
10 Bengt Eriksson 29 Sweden SWE 433.710
11 Gunder Gundersen 29 Norway NOR 433.048
12 Mikhail Pryakin 24 Soviet Union URS 432.952
13 Günter Flauger 23 Germany GER 432.742
14 Enzo Perin 26 Italy ITA 432.290
15 Yosuke Eto 25 Japan JPN 429.984
16 Leonid Fyodorov 31 Soviet Union URS 427.548
17 Rainer Dietel 22 Germany GER 426.645
18 Vlastimil Melich 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 425.097
19 Józef Karpiel 28 Poland POL 419.984
20 Martin Körner 24 Germany GER 416.645
21 Alois Leodolter 28 Austria AUT 414.984
22 Ensio Hyytiä 21 Finland FIN 414.758
23 Martti Maatela 24 Finland FIN 412.000
24 Akemi Taniguchi 22 Japan JPN 409.226
25 Irvin Servold 27 Canada CAN 399.565
26 Alfred Vincelette, Jr. 24 United States USA 395.274
27 Theodore Farwell, Jr. 29 United States USA 386.694
28 Clarence Servold 32 Canada CAN 382.710
29 John Cress 25 United States USA 375.306
30 Craig Lussi 23 United States USA 361.919
31 Hal Nerdal 32 Australia AUS 332.387
AC Rikio Yoshida 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Takashi Matsui 19 Japan JPN DNF