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Ski Jumping at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Large Hill, Individual

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 9, 1964
Date Finished: February 9, 1964
Format: Three jumps, all scored on distance and form, with best two of three jumps to count.

Gold: NOR Toralf Engan
Silver: FIN Veikko Kankkonen
Bronze: NOR Torgeir Brandtzæg

Summary

The Large Hill- competition on the Bergisel-Hill in Innsbruck was contested nine days after the Normal Hill competition, and ski jumping fans were looking forward to another great duel between Veikko Kankkonen and Toralf Engan, the two rivals from the Normal Hill.

The first round showed some excellent jumping. Kankkonen made the longest jump of the day, 95.5 m and had a 4.2 points lead over Engan, who did 93.5 m. Dieter Neuendorf was third, only 0.7 points ahead of the bronze medal winner from the Normal Hill, Torgeir Brandtzæg.

In the second round, with reduced runway length, Engan again made a stylish jump at 90.5 m. Kankkonen equalled Engan’s distance, but was penalized for a bad landing and was 1.8 points behind Engan. Brandtzæg advanced into bronze medal position after a 90 m jump, and was almost ten points ahead of the rest of the field. Engan, Kankkonen and Brandtzæg were all in a position to take the gold medal.

In the third round, the speed was again reduced. Brandtzæg, jumping first of the favorites, improved with another good jump at 87 m, but could not catch Engan and Kankkonen in the total points and had to settle for his second bronze medal. Engan, seemingly nervous, made a total miss at 73 m, but was still in the lead. Kankkonen had to make an 87-88 m jump with decent style points to pass Engan in the fight for the gold medal. The Finn made another excellent jump at 88 m, and seemed to have full control, but just after the landing he lost his balance and touched the snow with one of his hands. The jump was judged as a fall, and Engan had his revenge.

Engan was Norway’s first Olympic ski jumping champion in 12 years, and the Norwegians were back again as a major force in ski jumping. However, both Engan and Brandtzæg had short careers after their 1964 Olympic success. Later in 1964, during training two days before the Holmenkollen competition, Brandtzæg had a bad fall, while jumping 10 m longer than the hill record, and was severely injured. This fearless jumper tried a comeback the year after, but in spite of winning the national Large Hill Championships he felt he was not able to regain his former strength, and therefore decided to quit at the age of 23. After his great 1964- season Engan had two rather disappointing seasons. He was on the Norwegian 1966 World Championship team, and ended his career by coming 10th in the Large Hill Competition at the World Championships in Holmenkollen.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Toralf Engan 27 Norway NOR Gold 230.7
2 Veikko Kankkonen 24 Finland FIN Silver 228.9
3 Torgeir Brandtzæg 22 Norway NOR Bronze 227.2
4 Dieter Bokeloh 21 Germany GER 214.6
5 Kjell Sjöberg 26 Sweden SWE 214.4
6 Aleksandr Ivannikov 19 Soviet Union URS 213.3
7 Helmut Recknagel 26 Germany GER 212.8
8 Dieter Neuendorf 23 Germany GER 212.6
9 Józef Przybyła 18 Poland POL 211.3
10 Dalibor Motejlek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 208.8
11 Yukio Kasaya 20 Japan JPN 206.7
12 Willi Egger 31 Austria AUT 206.0
13 Giacomo Aimoni 24 Italy ITA 205.9
14 Niilo Halonen 23 Finland FIN 205.8
15 Piotr Wala 27 Poland POL 205.5
16 Bjørn Wirkola 20 Norway NOR 204.1
17 Otto Leodolter 27 Austria AUT 204.0
18 Baldur Preiml 24 Austria AUT 203.2
19 Zbyněk Hubač 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 201.9
20 Pyotr Kovalenko 21 Soviet Union URS 201.4
21 Karl-Heinz Munk 24 Germany GER 200.6
22 Josef Matouš 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 200.3
23 Ensio Hyytiä 25 Finland FIN 198.5
24 Gene Kotlarek 23 United States USA 197.5
25 Nilo Zandanel 26 Italy ITA 197.4
26 Andrzej Sztolf 22 Poland POL 196.2
27 K'oba Ts'akadze 29 Soviet Union URS 195.6
28 Torbjørn Yggeseth 29 Norway NOR 195.5
29T Kurt Elimä 24 Sweden SWE 195.3
29T David Hicks 18 United States USA 195.3
31 Antero Immonen 28 Finland FIN 194.8
32 Olle Martinsson 19 Sweden SWE 193.5
33 Ansten Samuelstuen 34 United States USA 189.0
34 László Gellér 19 Hungary HUN 187.4
35 Ryszard Witke 24 Poland POL 187.3
36 Miro Oman 28 Yugoslavia YUG 185.5
37 Naoki Shimura 22 Japan JPN 184.5
38 Nikolay Kamensky 32 Soviet Union URS 184.2
39 Peter Eržen 22 Yugoslavia YUG 181.4
40 Božo Jemc 23 Yugoslavia YUG 180.9
41 John Balfanz 23 United States USA 180.2
42 Ludvik Zajc 21 Yugoslavia YUG 180.1
43 Sepp Lichtenegger 26 Austria AUT 179.9
44 Yosuke Eto 29 Japan JPN 177.8
45 Kaare Lien 28 Canada CAN 175.3
46 Heribert Schmid 22 Switzerland SUI 175.0
47 Sadao Kikuchi 30 Japan JPN 174.8
48 Josef Zehnder 19 Switzerland SUI 172.3
49 László Csávás 29 Hungary HUN 169.8
50 John McInnes 24 Canada CAN 167.3
51 Ueli Scheidegger 25 Switzerland SUI 154.3
52 Holger Karlsson 28 Sweden SWE 151.1