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Ski Jumping at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Large Hill, Individual

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 15, 1976
Date Finished: February 15, 1976
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: AUT Karl Schnabl
Silver: AUT Toni Innauer
Bronze: GDR Henry Glaß

Summary

The Austrian home crowd hoped for revenge on the Large Bergisel hill after the double East German victory in the Normal hill in Seefeld one week earlier. And the audience went wild when the 17-year old Austrian wonderboy Toni Innauer delivered a perfect first jump, 102.5 m, the longest in the competition. With high style notes he was in a clear lead, 7.7 points ahead of the East German silver medalist from the normal hill, Jochen Danneberg. Danneberg jumped 102.0 m, but a poor landing gave him low style points. With Karl Schnabel in third, veteran Reinhold Bachler in fourth, and Hans Wallner in seventh place, everything looked good for Austria, even if the East Germans had all their four jumpers among the ten best.

In the second round, the duel between the two leading ski jumping nations came to a climax. Bernd Eckstein from East Germany, lying fifth after the first round, took an early lead with a jump of 91.5, but Wallner brought the lead back to Austria with 92.5 m. Then Bachler jumped 91.0 m, bettering Wallner’s total points by 0.5, and Austria now held the first two spots. But Henry Glaß countered back for Eastern Germany. Lying tenth after the first round, he produced the best jump of the round with 97.0 m. The gold medalist from the normal hill, Hans-Georg Aschenbach, disappointed with 89.0 m, placing fifth to that point. Everybody’s eyes were then focused on the young Innauer. He jumped 91.0 m, a little disappointing to the crowd, but due to his excellent first jump, he brought the lead back to Austria. Danneberg was next, but he could only jump 89.5 m and was behind both Innauer and Glaß. The last of the favorites to jump was Schnabl, third after the first round, seven points behind Innauer. Could he secure an Austrian double? The 21-year old from Villach did. After copying Glaß’s length and style points, he won the gold medal, beating Innauer by 1.9 points. The Austrians had countered back, won a double and, with the other jumpers placing fourth and fifth, had their revenge on East Germany. The German quartet placed 3-4-7-8, meaning that the top eight placements were taken by jumpers from Austria and East Germany, a feat still unique in the history of ski jumping. Schnabl and Innauer ended their successful season by taking another double at Holmenkollen, this time with the best East German Danneberg a distant seventh.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Karl Schnabl 21 Austria AUT Gold 234.8
2 Toni Innauer 17 Austria AUT Silver 232.9
3 Henry Glaß 22 East Germany GDR Bronze 221.7
4 Jochen Danneberg 22 East Germany GDR 221.6
5 Reinhold Bachler 31 Austria AUT 217.4
6 Hans Wallner 22 Austria AUT 216.9
7 Bernd Eckstein 22 East Germany GDR 216.2
8 Hans-Georg Aschenbach 24 East Germany GDR 212.1
9 Walter Steiner 24 Switzerland SUI 208.5
10 Jouko Törmänen 21 Finland FIN 204.9
11 Sergey Saychik 18 Soviet Union URS 200.0
12 Esko Rautionaho 25 Finland FIN 197.8
13 Johan Sætre 24 Norway NOR 195.2
14 Jaroslav Balcar 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 194.6
15 Aleksandr Karapuzov 20 Soviet Union URS 193.5
16 Alfred Grosche 26 West Germany FRG 193.1
17 Yukio Kasaya 32 Japan JPN 192.3
18 Jim Denney 18 United States USA 191.1
19 Aleksey Borovitin 21 Soviet Union URS 187.5
20 Hans Schmid 27 Switzerland SUI 186.3
21 Rauno Miettinen 26 Finland FIN 185.4
22 Takao Ito 23 Japan JPN 183.2
23 Ernst von Grünigen 25 Switzerland SUI 182.4
24 Yury Kalinin 23 Soviet Union URS 181.5
25 Odd Brandsegg 27 Sweden SWE 181.4
26 Per Bergerud 19 Norway NOR 179.7
27 Jindřich Balcar 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 178.1
28 Bogdan Norčič 22 Yugoslavia YUG 178.0
29 Minoru Wakasa 24 Japan JPN 177.5
30 Terry Kern 21 United States USA 176.2
31 Karel Kodejška 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 175.8
32 Jerry Martin 25 United States USA 175.7
33 Hiroshi Itagaki 30 Japan JPN 175.2
34 Rudolf Höhnl 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 175.1
35 Finn Halvorsen 28 Norway NOR 173.2
36 Jim Maki 25 United States USA 171.4
37 Stanisław Bobak 19 Poland POL 168.0
38 Robert Mösching 21 Switzerland SUI 167.7
39 Janusz Waluś 22 Poland POL 167.5
40 Marek Pach 21 Poland POL 164.7
41 Harri Blumén 17 Finland FIN 160.7
42 Branko Dolhar 27 Yugoslavia YUG 160.2
43 Janez Demšar 24 Yugoslavia YUG 157.8
44 Francesco Giacomelli 18 Italy ITA 157.6
45 Peter Wilson 23 Canada CAN 154.7
46 Richard Grady 20 Canada CAN 153.3
47 Lido Tomasi 20 Italy ITA 152.1
48 Donald Grady 24 Canada CAN 149.5
49 Leo De Crignis 23 Italy ITA 143.3
50 Odd Hammernes 27 Norway NOR 142.3
51 Marcello Bazzana 22 Italy ITA 138.0
52 Tadeusz Pawlusiak 29 Poland POL 130.8
53 Kim Fripp 23 Canada CAN 125.9
54 Ivo Zupan 19 Yugoslavia YUG 119.4