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Alpine Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Patscherkofel, Igls
Date Started: January 30, 1964
Date Finished: January 30, 1964

Gold: AUT Egon Zimmermann
Silver: FRA Léo Lacroix
Bronze: GER Wolfgang Bartels

Summary

The men’s downhill was scheduled as the opening Alpine event of the 1964 Winter Olympics, beginning a tradition that still continues. But it began neath the mist of tragedy, as Australian Ross Milne had been killed during a training run on the Patscherkofel when he collided with a tree. The early leader was Frenchman Léo Lacroix, who posted 2:18.90 as the fourth starter. Three spots later, Egon Zimmermann, one of the leaders of the Austrian team, entered the starting gate. Zimmermann had won the 1962 giant slalom World Championship and was bronze medalist that year in the downhill, also winning the vaunted Hahnenkamm downhill in 1963. He moved ahead of Lacroix with a time of 2:18.16. But the competition could not be over until the 13th skier went down, Austrian Karl Schranz, the 1962 World Champion in downhill and combined. But Schranz made several mistakes in his run, placing only 11th and the gold medal was Zimmermann’s.

In this era, there were two Egon Zimmermann’s competing on the Austrian ski team, which has led to some confusion about their lives. Josef Egon Norbert Zimmermann competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in downhill, after competing at the 1958 World Championships, where he met American skier, Penny Pitou. They later married but divorced in 1968. The winner of this event is simply Egon Zimmermann, who competed at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, of whom it is often written that he married Pitou, which is incorrect. However, this Egon Zimmermann, the Olympic downhill champion, was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Egon Zimmermann 24 Austria AUT Gold 2:18.16
2 Léo Lacroix 26 France FRA Silver 2:18.90
3 Wolfgang Bartels 23 Germany GER Bronze 2:19.48
4 Jos Minsch 22 Switzerland SUI 2:19.54
5 Luggi Leitner 23 Germany GER 2:19.67
6 Guy Périllat 23 France FRA 2:19.79
7 Gerhard Nenning 23 Austria AUT 2:19.98
8 Willy Favre 20 Switzerland SUI 2:20.23
9 Willy Bogner 22 Germany GER 2:20.72
10 Heini Messner 24 Austria AUT 2:20.74
11 Karl Schranz 25 Austria AUT 2:20.98
12 Fritz Wagnerberger 26 Germany GER 2:21.03
13 Dumeng Giovanoli 23 Switzerland SUI 2:21.16
14 Ni Orsi, Jr. 19 United States USA 2:21.59
15 François Bonlieu 26 France FRA 2:21.71
16 Billy Kidd 20 United States USA 2:21.82
17 Buddy Werner 27 United States USA 2:22.05
18 Georg Grünenfelder 27 Switzerland SUI 2:22.69
19 Ivo Mahlknecht 24 Italy ITA 2:22.72
20 Chuck Ferries 24 United States USA 2:23.00
21 Paride Milianti 29 Italy ITA 2:23.01
22 Raimo Manninen 23 Finland FIN 2:23.94
23 Bruno Alberti 29 Italy ITA 2:25.30
24 Jerzy Woyna Orlewicz 20 Poland POL 2:25.88
25 Jean-Guy Brunet 24 Canada CAN 2:26.59
26 Ulf Ekstam 22 Finland FIN 2:27.31
27 Martino Fill 24 Italy ITA 2:27.33
28 Gary Battistella 24 Canada CAN 2:27.74
29 Peter Lakota 26 Yugoslavia YUG 2:27.82
30 Rod Hebron 21 Canada CAN 2:27.90
31 Bengt-Erik Grahn 22 Sweden SWE 2:29.29
32 Jon Terje Øverland 19 Norway NOR 2:29.74
33 Hajime Tomii 23 Japan JPN 2:30.02
34 Peter Duncan 19 Canada CAN 2:30.06
35 Luis Viu 20 Spain ESP 2:30.35
36 Vasily Melnikov 20 Soviet Union URS 2:30.83
37 Olle Rolén 19 Sweden SWE 2:31.14
38 Arild Holm 21 Norway NOR 2:31.32
39 Radim Koloušek 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:31.34
40 Bronisław Trzebunia 22 Poland POL 2:32.29
41 Juan Garriga 23 Spain ESP 2:32.85
42 Jean-Claude Killy 20 France FRA 2:32.96
43 Javier Masana 22 Spain ESP 2:33.52
44 John Rigby 21 Great Britain GBR 2:34.32
45 Yoshiharu Fukuhara 21 Japan JPN 2:34.55
46 Tsuneo Noto 19 Japan JPN 2:34.76
47 Tally Monastyryov 24 Soviet Union URS 2:35.27
48 Hans-Walter Schädler 18 Liechtenstein LIE 2:35.84
49 Andrzej Dereziński 19 Poland POL 2:35.89
50 Charles, Count de Westenholz 18 Great Britain GBR 2:36.12
51 Fric Detiček 21 Yugoslavia YUG 2:36.54
52 August Wolfinger 14 Liechtenstein LIE 2:37.25
53 Josef Gassner 19 Liechtenstein LIE 2:37.38
54 Valery Shein 18 Soviet Union URS 2:38.13
55 Andrej Klinar 21 Yugoslavia YUG 2:39.79
56 Charles Palmer-Tomkinson 23 Great Britain GBR 2:39.97
57 Yoshihiro Ohira 23 Japan JPN 2:40.82
58 Hernán Boher 23 Chile CHI 2:41.67
59 Karim, Prince Aga Khan 27 Iran IRI 2:42.59
60 Petar Angelov 20 Bulgaria BUL 2:43.32
61 Simon Brown 21 Australia AUS 2:44.07
62 Oto Pustoslemšek 20 Yugoslavia YUG 2:44.77
63 Muzaffer Demirhan 31 Turkey TUR 2:45.63
64 Pedro Klempa 22 Argentina ARG 2:47.07
65 Lotfollah Kia Shemshaki 25 Iran IRI 2:50.70
66 Fayzollah Band Ali 24 Iran IRI 2:52.44
67 Nazih Geagea 22 Lebanon LIB 2:55.34
68 Peter Wenzel 20 Australia AUS 2:55.58
69 Ovaness Meguerdonian Iran IRI 2:57.10
70 Osman Yüce 34 Turkey TUR 3:03.66
71 Zeki Şamiloğlu 26 Turkey TUR 3:05.71
72 Abdurrahman Küçük 21 Turkey TUR 3:09.99
73 Konstantinos Karydas 21 Greece GRE 3:10.09
74 Jean Keyrouz Lebanon LIB 3:40.44
75 Michel Rahme Lebanon LIB 3:55.15
76 Jorge Abelardo Eiras 21 Argentina ARG 4:34.51
77 Juan Holz 20 Chile CHI 4:51.18
AC Claudio Wernli 21 Chile CHI DQ
AC Rune Lindström 19 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Jeremy Bujakowski 24 India IND DNF
AC Lars Olsson 19 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Jorge Rodríguez 18 Spain ESP DNF
AC Jonathan Taylor 20 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Sami Beyroun Lebanon LIB DNF