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Men's Large Hill, Individual

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, Sapporo
Date Started: February 11, 1972
Date Finished: February 11, 1972
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: POL Wojciech Fortuna
Silver: SUI Walter Steiner
Bronze: GDR Rainer Schmidt

Summary

The ski jumping competition in the Large Hill, five days after the Japanese clean sweep in the Normal Hill, was held under windy conditions, and produced perhaps the most unexpected winner in the history of ski jumping. In the first round, the 19-year old Pole Wojciech Fortuna, with good help from the wind, made the ski jump of his life, landing at 111.0 m, a new hill record. The jury discussed for a while, and then decided to continue without re-starting the competition. The Japanese home heroes were still in contention for medals. The newly crowned Olympic Champion from the Normal Hill, Yukio Kasaya, was in second place, and Akitsugu Konno and Takashi Fujisawa were in sixth and seventh place with possibilities to advance further in the second round.

The second round ended with the closest competition in the history of Olympic ski jumping. All the four Japanese failed, with Kasaya dropping from second to seventh with a jump of 85 m. Fortuna made a rather mediocre 87.5 m jump, but was still in the lead with a total of 219.9 points with only a few jumpers left. The Finn Tauno Käyhkö produced a good jump of 100.5 m under the difficult conditions but ended closely behind Fortuna, scoring 219.2 points. The young Swiss Walter Steiner, lying in 13th place after the first round, made the best jump of the round, 103.0 m, and almost everybody expected him to take the lead, but no, his final points of 219.8 being 0.1 behind the fortunate Fortuna. The last challenger was East German Rainer Schmidt, in eighth place after the first round. After a good jump of 101.0 m, the second longest of the round but with mediocre style points, he ended with 219.3 points, beating Käyhkö with 0.1 but 0.6 behind Fortuna.

Wojciech Fortuna became the first, and is still after 2006, the only ski-jumper from Poland to win an Olympic gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Wojciech Fortuna 19 Poland POL Gold 219.9
2 Walter Steiner 20 Switzerland SUI Silver 219.8
3 Rainer Schmidt 23 East Germany GDR Bronze 219.3
4 Tauno Käyhkö 21 Finland FIN 219.2
5 Manfred Wolf 24 East Germany GDR 215.1
6 Gary Napalkov 23 Soviet Union URS 210.1
7 Yukio Kasaya 28 Japan JPN 209.4
8 Danilo Pudgar 19 Yugoslavia YUG 206.0
9 Esko Rautionaho 21 Finland FIN 205.8
10 Jiří Raška 30 Czechoslovakia TCH 204.7
11 Rolf Nordgren 25 Sweden SWE 203.5
12 Akitsugu Konno 27 Japan JPN 199.1
13 Kari Ylianttila 18 Finland FIN 197.4
14 Takashi Fujisawa 28 Japan JPN 197.1
15T Zbyněk Hubač 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 194.7
15T Frithjof Prydz, Jr. 28 Norway NOR 194.7
17 Zdenek Mezl 23 Canada CAN 194.3
18 Tadeusz Pawlusiak 25 Poland POL 183.3
19 Hiroshi Itagaki 26 Japan JPN 183.1
20 Henry Glaß 18 East Germany GDR 183.0
21 Sergey Yanin 18 Soviet Union URS 181.4
22 Josef Zehnder 27 Switzerland SUI 181.1
23 Drago Pudgar 22 Yugoslavia YUG 179.7
24 Reinhold Bachler 27 Austria AUT 179.2
25 Ron Steele 18 United States USA 177.7
26 Leoš Škoda 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 176.3
27 Günther Göllner 30 West Germany FRG 175.3
28 Ingolf Mork 24 Norway NOR 173.3
29 Adam Krzysztofiak 21 Poland POL 173.1
30 Greg Swor 20 United States USA 172.8
31 Stanisław Gąsienica Daniel 20 Poland POL 171.1
32T Rauno Miettinen 22 Finland FIN 170.7
32T Anatoly Zheglanov 25 Soviet Union URS 170.7
34 Jo Inge Bjørnebye 25 Norway NOR 167.8
35 K'oba Ts'akadze 37 Soviet Union URS 165.2
36 Jerry Martin 21 United States USA 163.1
37T Bjørn Wirkola 28 Norway NOR 162.5
37T Marjan Mesec 24 Yugoslavia YUG 162.5
39T Heinz Wosipiwo 21 East Germany GDR 159.6
39T Peter Wilson 19 Canada CAN 159.6
41 Anders Lundqvist 20 Sweden SWE 158.0
42 Hans Schmid 23 Switzerland SUI 156.4
43 Max Golser 31 Austria AUT 153.6
44 Ernst von Grünigen 21 Switzerland SUI 153.0
45 Ulf Kvendbo 23 Canada CAN 152.6
46 Rudi Wanner 21 Austria AUT 152.3
47 Scott Berry 23 United States USA 151.7
48 Peter Štefančič 24 Yugoslavia YUG 145.2
49 Yvan Richard 21 France FRA 142.2
50 Alain Macle 27 France FRA 122.8
51 Jacques Gaillard 21 France FRA 122.7
52 Alfred Grosche 22 West Germany FRG 119.6