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Nordic Combined at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld; Nordic Combined Ski Jump, Seefeld
Date Started: February 8, 1976
Date Finished: February 9, 1976
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 15 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.

Gold: GDR Ulrich Wehling
Silver: FRG Urban Hettich
Bronze: GDR Konrad Winkler

Summary

Since 1972, the defending Olympic Champion Ulrich Wehling had been dominant on the international Nordic Combined scene, winning the 1974 World Championships and the 1975 Holmenkollen. He was the hot favorite for another Olympic gold and was heading a strong East German team with the silver medalist from the 1974 World Championships Günther Deckert and two promising youngsters, Konrad Winkler and Claus Tuchscherer on the team.

In ski jumping, Wehling showed excellent form, having the longest and best jump in all three rounds. His Finnish rival, Olympic silver medalist from 1972 Rauno Miettinen was in second place, followed by two more East Germans, Tuchscherer and Winkler.

Wehling, normally considered a better cross-country skier than Miettinen, started three minutes behind the Finn and could easily control his rival in the 15 km cross-country event the day after. The surprise of the event was Urban Hettich, a West German from Schwarzwald, who had been very satisfied with his 11th place in the jumping event. He skied excellently, posting the fastest time of the day, over a minute better than the second best, Norwegian Stein Erik Gullikstad. Hettich advanced to the silver medal position, beating Winkler by a scant margin in the final classification. Miettinen could do no better than 19th place in the cross-country, dropping from second to fourth, barely beating Tuchscherer in fifth place. Gullikstad, placing 30th out of 33 in the jumping event, was far behind in the total points, but the third fastest in the cross-country race, while the Soviet Union’s Nikolay Nogovitsyn advanced from 16th to sixth place. Wehling, still only 23, became the second skier to defend his Olympic gold in Nordic Combined after Johan Grøttumsbråten did it in Lake Placid 44 years earlier.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Ulrich Wehling 23 East Germany GDR Gold 423.39
2 Urban Hettich 22 West Germany FRG Silver 418.90
3 Konrad Winkler 20 East Germany GDR Bronze 417.47
4 Rauno Miettinen 26 Finland FIN 411.30
5 Claus Tuchscherer 21 East Germany GDR 409.51
6 Nikolay Nogovitsyn 28 Soviet Union URS 406.44
7 Valery Kopayev 21 Soviet Union URS 406.14
8 Tom Sandberg 20 Norway NOR 405.53
9 Pål Schjetne 22 Norway NOR 402.59
10 Erkki Kilpinen 27 Finland FIN 402.26
11 Jukka Kuvaja 22 Finland FIN 399.04
12 Josef Pospíšil 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 397.93
13 Günter Deckert 25 East Germany GDR 397.78
14 Günther Abel 19 West Germany FRG 394.57
15 František Zeman 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 383.11
16 Stefan Hula 28 Poland POL 382.88
17 Jim Galanes 19 United States USA 381.13
18 Jan Legierski 23 Poland POL 381.08
19 Karl Lustenberger 23 Switzerland SUI 378.10
20 Marek Pach 21 Poland POL 374.79
21 Yuji Katsuro 26 Japan JPN 373.67
22 Stein Erik Gullikstad 23 Norway NOR 372.72
23 Aleksey Baranov 21 Soviet Union URS 370.17
24 Jorma Etelälahti 24 Finland FIN 368.45
25 Jacques Gaillard 25 France FRA 363.90
26 Fritz Koch 19 Austria AUT 363.62
27 Arne Bystøl 24 Norway NOR 359.31
28 Mike Devecka 28 United States USA 343.88
29 Walter Malmquist, II 19 United States USA 341.47
30 Michio Kubota 26 Japan JPN 338.61
31 Francesco Giacomelli 18 Italy ITA 337.22
32 Modesto De Silvestro 25 Italy ITA 319.89
33 Kurt Sjolund 21 Canada CAN 252.22
AC Stanisław Kawulok 22 Poland POL DNF