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Ski Jumping at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Nordic Combined Ski Jump, Seefeld
Date Started: February 7, 1976
Date Finished: February 7, 1976
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: GDR Hans-Georg Aschenbach
Silver: GDR Jochen Danneberg
Bronze: AUT Karl Schnabl

Summary

The East German Hans-Georg Aschenbach emerged as one of the World’s best ski-jumpers in the mid-1970s. His first major victory came in 1973, when he won the second World Ski flying Championships in Oberstdorf. After winning the Four Hills Tournament he won both jumping events at the 1974 World Championships in Falun. In 1975 he had a serious knee injury, but was back on the international top in the Olympic season.

In the Normal hill competition on the Toni-Seelos-Schanze in Seefeld, Aschenbach made an excellent first jump of 84.5 m, the longest in the competition. His teammate Jochen Danneberg was lying second, and the home crowd’s favorite Karl Schnabel held the third position after good jumps of 83.5 and 82.5 m respectively. The two other jumpers on the East German team, Bernd Eckstein and Henry Glaß, were lying in sixth and seventh place, and all four Austrians were among the 12 best. No doubt, the Olympic ski jumping events in 1976 seemed to be an East German-Austrian affair.

The second round brought no changes, Aschenbach and Danneberg secured a double for East Germany, again making the two best jumps of the round, and Schnabel held his bronze medal position. The three other Austrian jumpers ended in sixth and equal seventh place, all four among the eight best. Both Eckstein and Glass fell in their second jump, and would have otherwise been placed fifth and eighth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Hans-Georg Aschenbach 24 East Germany GDR Gold 252.0
2 Jochen Danneberg 22 East Germany GDR Silver 246.2
3 Karl Schnabl 21 Austria AUT Bronze 242.0
4 Jaroslav Balcar 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 239.6
5 Ernst von Grünigen 25 Switzerland SUI 238.7
6 Reinhold Bachler 31 Austria AUT 237.2
7T Rudi Wanner 25 Austria AUT 233.5
7T Toni Innauer 17 Austria AUT 233.5
9 Walter Steiner 24 Switzerland SUI 232.2
10 Alfred Grosche 26 West Germany FRG 231.9
11 Esko Rautionaho 25 Finland FIN 229.6
12 Aleksandr Karapuzov 20 Soviet Union URS 226.8
13 Hans Schmid 27 Switzerland SUI 226.3
14 Jouko Törmänen 21 Finland FIN 225.0
15 Aleksey Borovitin 21 Soviet Union URS 224.9
16T Rudolf Höhnl 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 224.0
16T Yukio Kasaya 32 Japan JPN 224.0
18T Karel Kodejška 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 222.5
18T Johan Sætre 24 Norway NOR 222.5
20 Hiroshi Itagaki 30 Japan JPN 221.1
21 Jim Denney 18 United States USA 218.9
22 Yury Kalinin 23 Soviet Union URS 218.7
23 Sepp Schwinghammer 25 West Germany FRG 215.3
24 Takao Ito 23 Japan JPN 213.9
25 Sergey Saychik 18 Soviet Union URS 213.6
26 Ivo Felix 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 212.7
27 Jerry Martin 25 United States USA 212.6
28 Stanisław Bobak 19 Poland POL 211.0
29T Koji Kakuta 24 Japan JPN 210.4
29T Harri Blumén 17 Finland FIN 210.4
31 Tadeusz Pawlusiak 29 Poland POL 210.2
32 Bernd Eckstein 22 East Germany GDR 209.3
33 Odd Hammernes 27 Norway NOR 208.3
34 Greg Windsperger 24 United States USA 208.0
35 Robert Mösching 21 Switzerland SUI 207.6
36 Peter Wilson 23 Canada CAN 207.3
37 Finn Halvorsen 28 Norway NOR 206.3
38T Marcello Bazzana 22 Italy ITA 205.8
38T Bogdan Norčič 22 Yugoslavia YUG 205.8
38T Adam Krzysztofiak 25 Poland POL 205.8
41 Odd Brandsegg 27 Sweden SWE 204.6
42 Branko Dolhar 27 Yugoslavia YUG 204.1
43 Per Bergerud 19 Norway NOR 204.0
44 Henry Glaß 22 East Germany GDR 203.8
45 Lido Tomasi 20 Italy ITA 203.3
46 Ivo Zupan 19 Yugoslavia YUG 202.3
47 Janez Demšar 24 Yugoslavia YUG 199.8
48 Richard Grady 20 Canada CAN 192.6
49 Francesco Giacomelli 18 Italy ITA 191.9
50 Leo De Crignis 23 Italy ITA 190.8
51 Thomas Lundgren 19 Sweden SWE 188.0
52 Janusz Waluś 22 Poland POL 185.2
53 Kip Sundgaard 19 United States USA 177.6
54 Kim Fripp 23 Canada CAN 175.9
55 Donald Grady 24 Canada CAN 164.9