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Alpine Skiing at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Casserousse, Chamrousse
Date Started: February 9, 1968
Date Finished: February 9, 1968

Gold: FRA Jean-Claude Killy
Silver: FRA Guy Périllat
Bronze: SUI Jean-Daniel Dätwyler

Summary

Jean-Claude Killy was considered possibly the greatest Alpine skier ever. He had been World Champion in 1966 in the downhill and combined and in the inaugural World Cup year of 1966-67, he won the title in the overall and all three disciplines. Born in Val d'Isère in the Savoy Alps, the movie star handsome Killy was a local boy in Grenoble and all French hopes rested on his shoulders. The first skier off in the downhill was Killy's teammate, Guy Périllat, who posted 1:59.93, a time which held up thru the first 13 skiiers. But Killy was the 14th skier and Périllat expected him to better his time. Killy did, to win the gold medal, but by only 8/100ths of a second. Killy, though a titular amateur, was known to have numerous endorsement contracts and when he finished his race, he was embraced by his manager, Michel Arpin, who made certain that Killy's back, containing the name "Dynamic", the skis Killy used, was visible to all in the television audience.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jean-Claude Killy 24 France FRA Gold 1:59.85
2 Guy Périllat 27 France FRA Silver 1:59.93
3 Jean-Daniel Dätwyler 22 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2:00.32
4 Heini Messner 28 Austria AUT 2:01.03
5 Karl Schranz 29 Austria AUT 2:01.89
6 Ivo Mahlknecht 28 Italy ITA 2:02.00
7 Gerhard Prinzing 24 West Germany FRG 2:02.10
8 Bernard Orcel 22 France FRA 2:02.22
9 Gerhard Nenning 27 Austria AUT 2:02.31
10 Edy Bruggmann 24 Switzerland SUI 2:02.36
11 Gerhard Mussner 24 Italy ITA 2:02.50
12 Luggi Leitner 27 West Germany FRG 2:02.54
13 Egon Zimmermann 28 Austria AUT 2:02.55
14 Jos Minsch 26 Switzerland SUI 2:02.76
15 Franz Vogler 23 West Germany FRG 2:02.94
16 Dumeng Giovanoli 27 Switzerland SUI 2:02.98
17 Bjarne Strand 21 Norway NOR 2:03.20
18 Billy Kidd 24 United States USA 2:03.40
19 Dieter Fersch 22 West Germany FRG 2:03.41
20 Léo Lacroix 30 France FRA 2:03.86
21 Dennis McCoy 22 United States USA 2:04.82
22 Teresio Vachet 21 Italy ITA 2:04.90
23 Jon Terje Øverland 23 Norway NOR 2:05.34
24 Malcolm Milne 19 Australia AUS 2:05.36
25 Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson 24 Great Britain GBR 2:05.43
26 Andrzej Bachleda-Curuś 21 Poland POL 2:05.48
27 Wayne Henderson 23 Canada CAN 2:05.56
28 Renato Valentini 21 Italy ITA 2:05.61
29 Rune Lindström 23 Sweden SWE 2:05.69
30 Ulf Ekstam 26 Finland FIN 2:06.14
31 Gerry Rinaldi 22 Canada CAN 2:06.30
32 Aurelio García 20 Spain ESP 2:06.84
33 Josef Gassner 23 Liechtenstein LIE 2:06.91
34 Lasse Hamre 23 Norway NOR 2:06.93
35 Milan Pažout 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:07.45
36 Jaroslav Janda 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:07.71
37 Wolfgang Ender 21 Liechtenstein LIE 2:08.08
38 Francisco Fernández Ochoa 17 Spain ESP 2:08.67
39 Luciano del Cacho 20 Spain ESP 2:08.85
40 Viktor Belyakov 21 Soviet Union URS 2:09.32
41 Andrej Klinar 25 Yugoslavia YUG 2:09.61
42 Robert Palmer 20 New Zealand NZL 2:09.79
43 Per-Olov Richardsson 26 Sweden SWE 2:09.83
44 Ian Todd 20 Great Britain GBR 2:10.00
45 Tsuneo Noto 23 Japan JPN 2:10.32
46 Mario Vera 28 Chile CHI 2:10.44
47 Jože Gazvoda 19 Yugoslavia YUG 2:10.51
48 Ryszard Ćwikła 22 Poland POL 2:10.63
49 Andrey Belokrinkin 21 Soviet Union URS 2:10.98
50 Luke O'Reilly 19 Great Britain GBR 2:10.99
51 Blaž Jakopič 22 Yugoslavia YUG 2:11.00
52 Antonio Campaña 21 Spain ESP 2:11.11
53 Jeremy Bujakowski 28 India IND 2:11.82
54 Yoshiharu Fukuhara 25 Japan JPN 2:14.09
55 Gustavo Ezquerra 19 Argentina ARG 2:17.11
56 David Borradaile 22 Great Britain GBR 2:17.31
57 Roberto Thostrup 25 Argentina ARG 2:17.35
58 Richard Leatherbee 18 Chile CHI 2:17.86
59 Hitonari Maruyama 25 Japan JPN 2:18.04
60 Félipe Briones 17 Chile CHI 2:18.07
61 Thomas Huppert 25 New Zealand NZL 2:18.29
62 Dan Cristea 19 Romania ROU 2:18.52
63 Petar Angelov 24 Bulgaria BUL 2:18.71
64 Juichi Maruyama 22 Japan JPN 2:19.33
65 Dorin Munteanu 21 Romania ROU 2:22.53
66 Lotfollah Kia Shemshaki 29 Iran IRI 2:23.60
67 Özer Ateşçi 25 Turkey TUR 2:25.18
68 Fayzollah Band Ali 28 Iran IRI 2:27.07
69 Ovaness Meguerdonian Iran IRI 2:30.25
70 Athanasios Tsimikalis 21 Greece GRE 2:36.93
71 Mehmet Yıldırım 19 Turkey TUR 2:40.79
72 Dimitrios Pappos 28 Greece GRE 2:44.10
73 Ali Saveh Iran IRI 2:47.88
AC Jere Elliott 21 United States USA DNF
AC Rod Hebron 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Jim Barrows 23 United States USA DNF
AC Eberhard Riedel 29 East Germany GDR DNF
AC Otto Tschudi 19 Norway NOR DNF
AC Hans-Walter Schädler 22 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Arnold Beck 19 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Bahattin Topal 25 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Mehmet Gökcan 18 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Peter Duncan 23 Canada CAN DQ
AC Raimo Manninen 27 Finland FIN DQ
AC Vasily Melnikov 24 Soviet Union URS DQ
AC Murray Gardner 21 New Zealand NZL DQ