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Alpine Skiing at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Whiteface Mountain Ski Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 14, 1980
Date Finished: February 14, 1980

Gold: AUT Leonhard Stock
Silver: AUT Peter Wirnsberger
Bronze: CAN Steve Podborski

Summary

There was no clear favorite, but one thing was certain, the Austrians had the best team. Of the top 20 ranked downhillers, seven were Austrian. The 1976 champion, Franz Klammer, had been the world’s best from 1975-78 but his performances had fallen off, and he was not chosen for Lake Placid. The Austrians chose four skiers with Leonhard Stock picked as an alternate. But his training performances were better than all the other skiers so he was moved up to start in the downhill, dropping Sepp Walcher, the 1978 World Champion, from the start. Stock started ninth, with the lead at that time held by Italy’s Herbert Plank, but Stock bettered his time by 1.63 seconds to take the lead. And it held up, giving him a very surprising gold medal. He had never won a World Cup race, and would not win another international downhill event until 1989. Another Austrian, Peter Wirnsberger, took silver, with Werner Grissmann seventh, and Harti Weirather ninth. The bronze medal went to one of “The Crazy Canucks,” Steve Podborski, the first Canadian man to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Leonhard Stock 21 Austria AUT Gold 1:45.50
2 Peter Wirnsberger 21 Austria AUT Silver 1:46.12
3 Steve Podborski 22 Canada CAN Bronze 1:46.62
4 Peter Müller 22 Switzerland SUI 1:46.75
5 Pete Patterson 23 United States USA 1:47.04
6 Herbert Plank 25 Italy ITA 1:47.13
7 Werner Grissmann 28 Austria AUT 1:47.21
8 Valery Tsyganov 23 Soviet Union URS 1:47.34
9 Harti Weirather 22 Austria AUT 1:47.70
10 Dave Murray 26 Canada CAN 1:47.95
11 Dave Irwin 25 Canada CAN 1:48.12
12 Konrad Bartelski 25 Great Britain GBR 1:48.53
13 Bohumír Zeman 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:48.65
14 Phil Mahre 22 United States USA 1:48.88
15 Giuliano Giardini 24 Italy ITA 1:48.98
16 Andy Mill 27 United States USA 1:49.07
17 Erik Håker 27 Norway NOR 1:49.09
18 Urs Räber 21 Switzerland SUI 1:49.16
19 Arnt Erik Dale 19 Norway NOR 1:49.26
20 Andi Wenzel 21 Liechtenstein LIE 1:49.71
21 Mikio Katagiri 25 Japan JPN 1:49.77
22 Vladimir Makeyev 22 Soviet Union URS 1:49.87
23 Michael Veith 23 West Germany FRG 1:50.00
24 Erwin Josi 24 Switzerland SUI 1:50.03
25 Philippe Pugnat 20 France FRA 1:50.13
26 Antony Guss 21 Australia AUS 1:50.22
27 Francisco Fernández Ochoa 29 Spain ESP 1:50.69
28 Ross Blyth 18 Great Britain GBR 1:51.12
29 David Cargill 22 Great Britain GBR 1:52.02
30 Alan Stewart 24 Great Britain GBR 1:53.41
31 Norberto Quiroga 20 Argentina ARG 1:54.31
32 Stuart Blakely 23 New Zealand NZL 1:55.41
33 Henri Mollin 21 Belgium BEL 1:55.83
34 Didier Lamont 23 Belgium BEL 1:57.57
35 Carlos Font 20 Andorra AND 1:57.81
36 Marcelo Martínez 19 Argentina ARG 1:58.04
37 Janez Flere 20 Argentina ARG 1:59.01
38 Guillermo Giumelli 17 Argentina ARG 2:00.10
39 Miguel Font 16 Andorra AND 2:02.01
40 Hong In-Gi 18 South Korea KOR 2:03.08
41 Arturo Kinch 23 Costa Rica CRC 2:12.24
42 Billy Farwig 22 Bolivia BOL 2:12.66
AC Patrick Toussaint 20 Andorra AND DNF
AC Karl Anderson 26 United States USA DNF
AC Ken Read 24 Canada CAN DNF
AC Toni Bürgler 22 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Scott Alan Sánchez 21 Bolivia BOL DQ