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Bobsleigh at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's Four

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine Bobsleigh Course, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 11, 1972
Date Finished: February 12, 1972
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: SUI Switzerland-1
Silver: ITA Italy-1
Bronze: FRG West Germany-1

Summary

Crews from West Germany, Italy and Switzerland had tasted world championship glory since the Grenoble Games with Wolfgang Zimmerer of West Germany having been the most successful pilot with medals from all three editions since 1969. With the reigning world championship crew not competing the burden of Swiss expectation fell on the Switzerland I crew of Jean Wicki who had already won the bronze medal in the two man event.

Wicki put together a series of four excellent runs and pulled out a gap of three-quarters of a second over his rivals and reclaimed the Olympic four man title for Switzerland after a gap of sixteen years. The more exciting battle was for the other places on the podium. The tussle between Italy I and the two West Germany crews ended with the Italians winning the silver medals but only by a tenth of a second.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Switzerland-1 SUI Gold 4:43.07
2 Italy-1 ITA Silver 4:43.83
3 West Germany-1 FRG Bronze 4:43.92
4 Switzerland-2 SUI 4:44.56
5 West Germany-2 FRG 4:45.09
6 Austria-1 AUT 4:45.77
7 Austria-2 AUT 4:46.66
8 Italy-2 ITA 4:46.73
9 France FRA 4:46.75
10 Romania ROU 4:47.12
11 Sweden SWE 4:47.40
12 Japan-1 JPN 4:47.92
13 Canada CAN 4:48.06
14 United States-2 USA 4:48.43
15 Great Britain-2 GBR 4:50.46
16 Great Britain-1 GBR 4:51.03
AC United States-1 USA DQ
AC Japan-2 JPN DQ