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Men's Large Hill, Individual

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Intervale Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 23, 1980
Date Finished: February 23, 1980
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: FIN Jouko Törmänen
Silver: AUT Hubert Neuper
Bronze: FIN Jari Puikkonen

Summary

Toni Innauer, Olympic champion in the Normal Hill, was heavily favored for another gold in the Large Hill, but this time the 21-year-old Austian had much stronger competition from the other jumpers. In the first round the 21-year-old Swiss Hansjörg Sumi, made a mighty jump of 117.0 m, taking the lead ahead of Jouko Törmänen from Finland and Austria’s Hubert Neuper. In fourth place, to everyone’s great surprise, was Steve Collins, a 15-year-old Ojibway Indian from Canada, a jumper totally unknown outside his homeland. Innauer was in sixth position, almost 9 points behind Sumi.

In the second round, Neuper was starting first of the favorites and was in a clear lead after a good jump of 114.5 m. Finland’s Jari Puikkonen, lying fifth after the first round, was in second position when his teammate Törmänen impressed with another 117.0 m jump, taking over the lead. First of the challengers was Innauer, but a jump of only 107.0 m placed him behind Puikkonen and outside the medals. Next was the leader after the first round, the Swiss Sumi. He could not duplicate his first jump and landed at 100.0 m, 17.0 m shorter than his first jump. Last to jump was the 15-year-old Collins, a jump of 108.0 m would put him in the bronze medal position. However, the young Collins could not control his nerves, as his 102.5 m dropped him from fourth to ninth.

Finland had fought back against the Austrian/East German dominance in ski jumping, winning gold and bronze. The Austrian team jumped well, placing second, fourth and fifth, but for the East Germans the Large Hill event was a great disappointment, their best Henry Glass ending as a distant 11th. Steve Collins made his first trip to Europe directly after the games, winning the Junior World Championships in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden one week later. Some days after that he showed that his first jump in Lake Placid was not just luck, being the youngest ever winner of a World Cup ski jumping event in Lahti, Finland, four days before his 16th birthday.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Jouko Törmänen 25 Finland FIN Gold 271.0
2 Hubert Neuper 19 Austria AUT Silver 262.4
3 Jari Puikkonen 20 Finland FIN Bronze 248.5
4 Toni Innauer 21 Austria AUT 245.7
5 Armin Kogler 20 Austria AUT 245.6
6 Roger Ruud 21 Norway NOR 243.0
7 Hansjörg Sumi 21 Switzerland SUI 242.7
8 Jim Denney 22 United States USA 239.1
9 Steve Collins 15 Canada CAN 238.4
10 Masahiro Akimoto 23 Japan JPN 234.7
11 Henry Glaß 26 East Germany GDR 232.0
12 Pentti Kokkonen 24 Finland FIN 230.9
13 Kari Ylianttila 26 Finland FIN 229.1
14 Piotr Fijas 21 Poland POL 226.1
15 Klaus Ostwald 21 East Germany GDR 225.1
16 Per Bergerud 23 Norway NOR 224.8
17 Robert Mösching 25 Switzerland SUI 222.5
18 Peter Leitner 24 West Germany FRG 221.5
19 Hirokazu Yagi 20 Japan JPN 220.2
20 Manfred Deckert 18 East Germany GDR 219.2
21 Leoš Škoda 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 217.2
22 Stanisław Bobak 23 Poland POL 214.3
23 Josef Samek 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 213.5
24 Ivar Mobekk 20 Norway NOR 212.5
25 Hans Millonig 27 Austria AUT 208.9
26 Tauno Käyhkö 29 Canada CAN 208.6
27 Walter Malmquist, II 23 United States USA 205.4
28 Vladimir Vlasov 21 Soviet Union URS 205.3
29 Horst Bulau 17 Canada CAN 205.1
30 Karl Lustenberger 27 Switzerland SUI 203.1
31 Johan Sætre 28 Norway NOR 202.2
32 Takafumi Kawabata 25 Japan JPN 201.4
33 Harald Duschek 23 East Germany GDR 198.6
34 Yury Ivanov 27 Soviet Union URS 197.0
35 Hiroyasu Aizawa 18 Japan JPN 195.3
36 Aleksey Borovitin 25 Soviet Union URS 193.4
37 Bernard Moullier 22 France FRA 188.3
38 Bogdan Norčič 26 Yugoslavia YUG 187.4
39 Andrey Shakirov 20 Soviet Union URS 187.0
40 Miran Tepeš 18 Yugoslavia YUG 184.4
41 Hubert Schwarz 19 West Germany FRG 181.9
42 Gérard Colin 21 France FRA 180.6
43 Stanisław Pawlusiak 21 Poland POL 179.1
44 Jeff Davis 21 United States USA 176.5
45 Reed Zuehlke 19 United States USA 169.2
46 Lido Tomasi 24 Italy ITA 169.1
47 Paul Egloff 20 Switzerland SUI 167.2
48 Hermann Weinbuch 19 West Germany FRG 155.4
49 Brane Benedik 19 Yugoslavia YUG 138.3
50 Jan Holmlund 22 Sweden SWE 26.2