Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Grenoble
Date Started: February 14, 1968
Date Finished: February 16, 1968
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 50% for Compulsory Figures and 50% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. Ties broken by a Subsequent Majority rule, i.e., if the pairs were ranked for the same position by the same number of judges, Majority Placement for the next higher position for each pair determined who was ranked higher. The tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals, 4) Total Points, 5) Compulsory Figure Points.
Since 1964 the top skater in the world had been the Austrian Emmerich Danzer. Danzer was World Champion in 1966-67 and European Champion in 1965-68. His teammate, Wolfgang Schwarz, had made a habit of placing second to Danzer, having done so at every major and national competition since 1966. The American team had rebounded slightly from the 1961 plane crash that had killed the entire team. Two Americans had been on the podium at the last three World Championships – Gary Visconti and Tim Wood. At Grenoble, Danzer stumbled badly in the compulsory figures, placing only fourth. Schwarz took the lead, followed by Wood, and then France’s Patrick Pera. The competition for the three medals would be very close. Danzer came back to win the free skate but it could not lift him ahead of Schwarz or Wood. Schwarz placed second in the free skate and defeated Wood for the gold medal, five majority firsts to four. Pera placed only seventh in the free skate, but his compulsory lead over Danzer enabled him to win the bronze medal, with five majority thirds to four for Danzer.
Schwarz never won another major championship, including a national title, as he turned professional and skated for a few years with Holiday on Ice. Years later he fell afoul of the law, being arrested in both 2002 and 2005 for running a human smuggling operation to recruit women to work as prostitutes in Austria. The 11th place finisher in the event, Günter Zöller of East Germany, defected to West Germany in 1972 just before the European Championships. The other GDR skater, Jan Hoffmann, placed only 26th, but at 12-years-old, he was the youngest male competitor ever at the Olympic Winter Games.
|2||Tim Wood||19||United States||USA||Silver||6×2+||8.0||17.0||1,891.6|
|5||Gary Visconti||22||United States||USA||5×5+||25.0||52.0||1,810.2|
|6||John Misha Petkevich||18||United States||USA||6×6+||33.0||56.0||1,806.2|
|9||Sergey Chetverukhin||22||Soviet Union||URS||5×10+||45.0||93.0||1,737.0|
|11||Günter Zöller||19||East Germany||GDR||5×11+||49.0||100.0||1,727.9|
|12||Peter Krick||24||West Germany||FRG||7×12+||76.0||104.0||1,723.2|
|15||Michael Williams||20||Great Britain||GBR||6×16+||93.0||147.0||1,650.9|
|17||Haig Oundjian||18||Great Britain||GBR||5×17+||80.0||154.0||1,639.5|
|18||Sergey Volkov||18||Soviet Union||URS||5×17+||80.0||158.0||1,632.0|
|24||Jürgen Eberwein||22||West Germany||FRG||5×24+||119.0||219.0||1,530.3|
|26||Jan Hoffmann||12||East Germany||GDR||6×26+||156.0||238.0||1,437.8|
|28||Lee Gwang-Yeong||21||South Korea||KOR||9×28+||250.0||250.0||1,360.3|