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Ski Jumping at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Malo Polje, Igman
Date Started: February 12, 1984
Date Finished: February 12, 1984
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: GDR Jens Weißflog
Silver: FIN Matti Nykänen
Bronze: FIN Jari Puikkonen

Summary

The 1982 World Championship was the international breakthrough for a 19-year old Finn from Jyväskylä, Matti Nykänen, winning on the large hill and placing fourth on the normal hill, after he had won the 1981 Junior World Championships. In the Four Hills Tournament in the Olympic season another teenager hit the headlines, as East Germany’s Jens Weißflog won the tournament after impressive jumping. Those two would dominate international ski jumping for the rest of the 1980s, and they had more in common: They were both extremely thin, with a body weight of around 54 kilograms. This represented the start of a trend, as in the following years a rising number of ski jumpers joined the international top class with a bodyweight below 60 kg.

In the Normal hill competition in Sarajevo, Nykänen was in the lead after the first round, producing a jump of 91.0 m with style points between 17 and 18. Weißflog was in second, jumping one meter shorter than his Finnish rival. Another youngster, 20-year old Andreas Bauer of West Germany, was in third place after a jump of 87.0 m, but well behind the two favorites. The competition was of mediocre quality, mostly due to unstable wind conditions.

In the second round, Stefan Stannarius from East Germany took an early lead after a good 89.5 m jump. Jari Puikkonen from Finland, Olympic bronze medalist in the large hill 1980 and runner-up in the World Championships 1982, made the best jump of the day, 91.5 m, and advanced from 21st place after the first round to the top of the leaderboard. Weißflog could do no more than 87.0 m, but took the lead, 3.4 points ahead of Puikkonen. Nykänen, jumping next-to last of the 58 competitors, could secure the Olympic gold with a decent jump of around 86 m, but he failed, landing at 84.0 m, and had to settle for silver, giving the gold to Weißflog. The reigning World champion on the Normal hill, Austrian Armin Kogler, had an extremely bad day, ending in 52nd place. The Olympic champion Jens Weißflog ended his extremely successful season by winning the Ski Jumping World Cup for the 1983/84-season.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Jens Weißflog 19 East Germany GDR Gold 215.2
2 Matti Nykänen 20 Finland FIN Silver 214.0
3 Jari Puikkonen 24 Finland FIN Bronze 212.8
4 Stefan Stannarius 22 East Germany GDR 211.1
5 Rolf Åge Berg 26 Norway NOR 208.5
6 Andreas Felder 21 Austria AUT 205.6
7 Piotr Fijas 25 Poland POL 204.5
8 Vegard Opaas 22 Norway NOR 203.8
9 Jeff Hastings 24 United States USA 203.5
10 Jiří Parma 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 202.7
11 Andi Bauer 20 West Germany FRG 202.0
12 Pentti Kokkonen 28 Finland FIN 201.3
13 Klaus Ostwald 25 East Germany GDR 201.1
14 Pavel Ploc 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 198.5
15 Gérard Colin 25 France FRA 192.5
16 Massimo Rigoni 22 Italy ITA 190.3
17 Vasja Bajc 22 Yugoslavia YUG 190.0
18 Steinar Bråten 21 Norway NOR 189.9
19 Vladimir Breychev 25 Bulgaria BUL 189.4
20 Markku Pusenius 19 Finland FIN 188.2
21 Lido Tomasi 28 Italy ITA 188.0
22T Georg Waldvogel 22 West Germany FRG 187.8
22T Masaru Nagaoka 21 Japan JPN 187.8
24 Hans Wallner 30 Austria AUT 186.7
25 Steve Collins 19 Canada CAN 184.8
26 Gennady Prokopenko 20 Soviet Union URS 184.1
27 Miran Tepeš 22 Yugoslavia YUG 183.1
28 Landis Arnold 23 United States USA 182.0
29 Ron Richards 20 Canada CAN 180.9
30 Janusz Malik 19 Poland POL 180.8
31 Valery Savin 32 Soviet Union URS 179.5
32 Hansjörg Sumi 25 Switzerland SUI 178.5
33 Dennis McGrane 21 United States USA 178.4
34 Satoru Matsuhashi 22 Japan JPN 177.2
35 Holger Freitag 20 East Germany GDR 173.5
36 Ernst Vettori 19 Austria AUT 173.2
37 Valentin Bozhkov 25 Bulgaria BUL 170.8
38 Horst Bulau 21 Canada CAN 169.4
39 Vladimír Podzimek 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 167.4
40 Bojan Globočnik 21 Yugoslavia YUG 166.3
41 Mike Holland 22 United States USA 164.3
42 Martin Švagerko 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 161.7
43 Sandro Sambugaro 18 Italy ITA 161.6
44 Peter Rohwein 21 West Germany FRG 161.2
45 Hiroo Shima 20 Japan JPN 161.0
46 Per Bergerud 27 Norway NOR 160.1
47 Thomas Klauser 19 West Germany FRG 159.3
48 Christian Hauswirth 18 Switzerland SUI 159.2
49 Angel Stoyanov 25 Bulgaria BUL 157.2
50 Yury Golovshchikov 20 Soviet Union URS 154.5
51 David Brown 18 Canada CAN 153.8
52 Armin Kogler 24 Austria AUT 153.1
53 Fabrice Piazzini 18 Switzerland SUI 152.6
54 José Rivera 21 Spain ESP 141.5
55 Hirokazu Yagi 24 Japan JPN 133.2
56 Bernat Sola 18 Spain ESP 132.9
57 Primož Ulaga 21 Yugoslavia YUG 130.9
58 Ángel Janiquet 21 Spain ESP 121.7