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Nordic Combined at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canada Olympic Park, Calgary; Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Date Started: February 27, 1988
Date Finished: February 28, 1988
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 15 kilometres skiing. Pursuit-style cross-country race, with skiers leaving in order of their finish in the ski jumping, so that final placement determined by final placement in cross-country ski race.

Gold: SUI Hippolyt Kempf
Silver: AUT Klaus Sulzenbacher
Bronze: URS Allar Levandi

Summary

The World Cup in 1986-87 had been won by Norway’s Torbjørn Løkken, who was also World Champion in 1987. At the time of the 1988 Winter Olympics Løkken and Germany’s Klaus Sulzenbacher were in a closely fought battle for the World Cup lead, with Sulzenbacher slightly ahead. The event was marred by bad weather that caused a postponement of the ski jumping, and both sections were held on the same day. Sulzenbacher took the lead in the ski jumping with 228.5, well ahead of Hubert Schwarz with Hippolyt Kempf in third place. Løkken had taken himself out of it with 199.4, and was in 19th place. In the ski race, the first one ever conducted at the Winter Olympics in the Gundersen Method, Sulzenbacher started 1:02.0 ahead of Schwarz, 1:10.7 ahead of Kempf, with Løkken well back at 3:14.0. Løkken crushed the field in the ski, finishing in 37:39.0, over 37 seconds ahead of Kempf. But it would bring him only to sixth place. Kempf’s second in the ski was what he needed, as he caught Sulzenbacher 2.3 km from the finish and pulled ahead to win by 19.0 seconds. Kempf had been third in the 1986-87 World Cup and would again place third in 1988-89. Sulzenbacher would win the 1987-88 season World Cup.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TM
1 Hippolyt Kempf 22 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Klaus Sulzenbacher 23 Austria AUT Silver +19.0
3 Allar Levandi 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze +1:04.3
4 Uwe Prenzel 21 East Germany GDR +1:10.7
5 Andreas Schaad 22 Switzerland SUI +1:12.5
6 Torbjørn Løkken 24 Norway NOR +1:25.5
7 Miroslav Kopal 25 Czechoslovakia TCH +1:32.5
8 Marko Frank 19 East Germany GDR +1:48.1
9 Thomas Prenzel 19 East Germany GDR +1:50.6
10 Vasily Savin 20 Soviet Union URS +1:55.4
11 Trond Arne Bredesen 21 Norway NOR +2:15.1
12 Andrey Dundukov 21 Soviet Union URS +2:53.6
13 Hubert Schwarz 27 West Germany FRG +3:08.3
14 Sergey Nikiforov 21 Soviet Union URS +3:15.5
15 Pasi Saapunki 19 Finland FIN +3:16.6
16 Jukka Ylipulli 25 Finland FIN +3:28.1
17 Sami Leinonen 24 Finland FIN +3:30.9
18 Tadeusz Bafia 23 Poland POL +3:32.5
19 Joe Holland 23 United States USA +3:35.0
20 Fabrice Guy 19 France FRA +3:54.9
21 Ladislav Patráš 20 Czechoslovakia TCH +3:57.4
22 Klaus Ofner 19 Austria AUT +3:58.8
23 Hallstein Bøgseth 33 Norway NOR +4:11.9
24 Hansjörg Aschenwald 22 Austria AUT +4:28.0
25 Thomas Müller 26 West Germany FRG +4:35.2
26 Knut Leo Abrahamsen 25 Norway NOR +4:38.7
27 Ján Klimko 27 Czechoslovakia TCH +4:38.8
28 Hans-Peter Pohl 23 West Germany FRG +4:56.4
29 Hermann Weinbuch 27 West Germany FRG +4:58.9
30 František Repka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH +5:02.6
31 Masashi Abe 22 Japan JPN +5:03.6
32 Xavier Girard 17 France FRA +5:23.4
33 Jouko Parviainen 29 Finland FIN +5:32.1
34 Günther Csar 21 Austria AUT +5:58.7
35 Fredy Glanzmann 24 Switzerland SUI +6:11.3
36 Kazuoki Kodama 22 Japan JPN +6:12.7
37 Hideki Miyazaki 25 Japan JPN +6:13.3
38 Jon Servold 27 Canada CAN +7:04.6
39 Jean-Pierre Bohard 19 France FRA +7:08.4
40 Todd Wilson 22 United States USA +8:03.1
41 Gary Crawford 30 United States USA +14:45.2
AC Francis Reppelin 18 France FRA DNF
AC Stefan Späni 21 Switzerland SUI DNF