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Alpine Skiing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): , Nakiska
Date Started: February 15, 1988
Date Finished: February 15, 1988

Gold: SUI Pirmin Zurbriggen
Silver: SUI Peter Müller
Bronze: FRA Franck Piccard

Summary

The last two World Champions were Swiss, Peter Müller (1987) and Pirmin Zurbriggen (1985), with Zurbriggen having won the 1987 downhill World Cup and leading the circuit at the time of the Calgary Olympics. The two favorites, they both came through and skied well, Müller off as the first skier. The event was delayed one day because of high winds on the mountain. Zurbriggen was the 14th starter, with Müller still leading, but Zurbriggen sped down the course to defeat Müller by slightly over ½-a-second. The 1980 gold medalist, Leonhard Stock of Austria, placed fourth, trailing France’s Franck Piccard, who would later win the first Olympic gold medal in the super-G.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Pirmin Zurbriggen 25 Switzerland SUI Gold 1:59.63
2 Peter Müller 30 Switzerland SUI Silver 2:00.14
3 Franck Piccard 23 France FRA Bronze 2:01.24
4 Leonhard Stock 29 Austria AUT 2:01.56
5 Gerhard Pfaffenbichler 26 Austria AUT 2:02.02
6 Markus Wasmeier 24 West Germany FRG 2:02.03
7 Anton Steiner 29 Austria AUT 2:02.19
8 Martin Bell 23 Great Britain GBR 2:02.49
9 Marc Girardelli 24 Luxembourg LUX 2:02.59
10 Danilo Sbardellotto 27 Italy ITA 2:02.69
11 Shinya Chiba 26 Japan JPN 2:03.16
12 Daniel Mahrer 26 Switzerland SUI 2:03.18
13 Hannes Zehentner 22 West Germany FRG 2:03.23
14 Mike Carney 21 Canada CAN 2:03.25
15 Atle Skårdal 21 Norway NOR 2:03.26
16 Rob Boyd 21 Canada CAN 2:03.27
17 Franz Heinzer 25 Switzerland SUI 2:03.36
18 Felix Belczyk 26 Canada CAN 2:03.59
19 Günther Mader 23 Austria AUT 2:03.96
20 Hansjörg Tauscher 20 West Germany FRG 2:04.31
21 Peter Dürr 28 West Germany FRG 2:04.32
22 Steven Lee 25 Australia AUS 2:04.46
23 Graham Bell 22 Great Britain GBR 2:04.56
24 Jan Einar Thorsen 21 Norway NOR 2:04.77
25 Christophe Plé 21 France FRA 2:04.78
26 A J Kitt 19 United States USA 2:04.94
27 Lars-Börje Eriksson 21 Sweden SWE 2:05.02
28 Jeff Olson 22 United States USA 2:05.09
29 Peter Jurko 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:05.32
30 Niklas Henning 23 Sweden SWE 2:05.52
31 Igor Cigolla 24 Italy ITA 2:05.85
32 Doug Lewis 24 United States USA 2:06.25
33 Adrián Bíreš 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:06.34
34 Katsuhito Kumagai 23 Japan JPN 2:07.17
35 Finn Christian Jagge 21 Norway NOR 2:07.64
36 Silvio Wille 21 Liechtenstein LIE 2:07.77
37 Boris Duncan 25 Great Britain GBR 2:07.88
38 Gregor Hoop 23 Liechtenstein LIE 2:08.50
39 Robert Büchel 19 Liechtenstein LIE 2:08.66
40 Niklas Lindqvist 23 Sweden SWE 2:09.41
41 Nils Linneberg 20 Chile CHI 2:09.83
42 Dieter Linneberg 22 Chile CHI 2:11.16
43 Hubertus von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe 29 Mexico MEX 2:12.58
44 Jorge Birkner 23 Argentina ARG 2:14.20
45 Javier Rivara 17 Argentina ARG 2:16.79
AC Peter Forras 24 Australia AUS DNF
AC Bill Hudson 21 United States USA DNF
AC Luc Alphand 22 France FRA DNF
AC Michael Mair 26 Italy ITA DNF
AC Philippe Verneret 25 France FRA DQ
AC Brian Stemmle 21 Canada CAN DQ