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Nordic Combined at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Cross Country Events Site, Sapporo; Miyanomori Jump Hill, Sapporo
Date Started: February 4, 1972
Date Finished: February 5, 1972
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 15 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: GDR Ulrich Wehling
Silver: FIN Rauno Miettinen
Bronze: GDR Karl-Heinz Luck

Summary

Defending champion Franz Keller and reigning World Champion from 1970, Ladislav Rygl were among the contenders, but both showed poor form in the ski jumping and were too far behind to compete for medals. The 19-year old Japanese Hideki Nakano was outstanding in the jumping, with the longest and best jump in all of the three rounds. However, his abilities as a cross-country skier were rather modest, ending last in the cross-country event and placing 13th in the final classification. The great surprise of the event was another 19-year old, the East German Ulrich Wehling, placing fourth in the jumping event. To win, he had to beat his closest rival, the 22-year old Finn Rauno Miettinen by approximately one minute in the cross-country, and the young and unmerited German skied well, achieving the third fastest time of the day and beating Miettinen by almost two minutes. His team-mate Karl-Heinz Luck was fastest in the cross-country and advanced from 17th place in the jumping event to a bronze medal in the final classification.

This was the start of a rather unique career in Nordic Combined for Wehling, ending as the most successful Nordic Combined in the history of the Winter Olympics. He and Miettinen became the dominant figures in Nordic Combined for the rest of the decade. With his three Olympic Gold medals Wehling was the king of the Olympics. Miettinen is one of the few athletes who can claim five victories at the prestigious Holmenkollen.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Ulrich Wehling 19 East Germany GDR Gold 413.340
2 Rauno Miettinen 22 Finland FIN Silver 405.505
3 Karl-Heinz Luck 27 East Germany GDR Bronze 398.800
4 Erkki Kilpinen 23 Finland FIN 391.845
5 Yuji Katsuro 22 Japan JPN 390.200
6 Tomáš Kučera 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 387.935
7 Aleksandr Nosov 29 Soviet Union URS 387.730
8 Kåre Olav Berg 27 Norway NOR 384.800
9 Günter Deckert 21 East Germany GDR 382.970
10 Ralph Pöhland 25 West Germany FRG 381.195
11 Mikhail Artyukhov 28 Soviet Union URS 380.185
12 Kazimierz Długopolski 21 Poland POL 375.860
13 Hideki Nakano 19 Japan JPN 375.055
14 Kjell Åsvestad 22 Norway NOR 374.405
15 Kazuo Araya 23 Japan JPN 374.040
16 Ezio Damolin 27 Italy ITA 372.220
17 Stefan Hula 24 Poland POL 370.525
18 Hans Hartleb 20 East Germany GDR 369.505
19 Henning Weid 21 Norway NOR 369.320
20 Urban Hettich 18 West Germany FRG 366.775
21 Mike Devecka 24 United States USA 362.835
22 Anatoly Zaytsev 25 Soviet Union URS 362.475
23 Gjert Andersen 24 Norway NOR 360.315
24 Nobutaka Sasaki 24 Japan JPN 359.945
25 Alfred Winkler 28 West Germany FRG 357.110
26 Ladislav Rygl 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 355.755
27 Jukka Kuvaja 18 Finland FIN 354.385
28 Jaroslav Svoboda 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 351.605
29 Vyacheslav Dryagin 31 Soviet Union URS 347.525
30 Fabio Morandini 26 Italy ITA 340.680
31 Józef Gąsienica 30 Poland POL 339.125
32 Janez Gorjanc 23 Yugoslavia YUG 337.520
33 Franz Keller 27 West Germany FRG 336.860
34 Jim Miller 24 United States USA 334.950
35 Jacques Gaillard 21 France FRA 325.210
36 Sven-Olof Israelsson 23 Sweden SWE 323.300
37 Ulli Öhlböck 23 Austria AUT 320.710
38 Teyck Weed 22 United States USA 313.605
39 Bob Kendall 24 United States USA 303.635
AC Libor Foltman 23 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF