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Ski Jumping at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canada Olympic Park, Calgary
Date Started: February 14, 1988
Date Finished: February 14, 1988
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: FIN Matti Nykänen
Silver: TCH Pavel Ploc
Bronze: TCH Jiří Malec

Summary

The two dominant forces in ski jumping throughout the eighties were Finland’s Matti Nykänen and Jens Weißflog and in their first Olympic meeting in 1984 the two men had shared the honours with each winning a gold and silver apiece. Neither Nykänen or Weißflog held the world title, that championship having been won by Czechoslovakia’s Jiří Parma in 1985 but Nykänen would arrive at Calgary as the holder of the prestigious Four Hills tournament. Norwegian hopes were pinned on World Cup holder Vegard Opaas whilst the Austrian pairing of Andreas Felder and Ernst Vettori had been consistently amongst the world’s best since the last Olympic Games.

After the completion of the first round the leader board had a strange look to it. It may have been no surprise to find Nykänen in the gold medal position but the top fifteen included only one Austrian, no Germans from either side of the border and no Norwegians. Weißflog did make the lower region of the top twenty but Opaas, the top Norwegian, languished all the way down in twenty-sixth place. Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian jumpers were the top performers on the first jump with the two nations combining to produce eight of the top thirteen at the half way mark.

Nykänen’s second jump was a copy of his first and no one could challenge the mastery of the twenty four year old Finn. If there was little drama in the challenge for the Olympic title the same could not be said of the other medals with less than a point covering the next three jumpers. Pavel Ploc maintained the excellent form he had shown on the World Cup circuit to narrowly place second ahead of his less well known team-mate Jiří Malec. While Nykänen’s feat was covered widely by the world’s press another jumper equaled him in terms of media coverage. Eddie Edwards was a British ski jumper who had only two years of jumping behind him and was, at 74 kg and wearing a thick pair of spectacles, an unlikely competitor. His two jumps, both of 55 m, were well behind even of those of the next-to-last jumper.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Matti Nykänen 24 Finland FIN Gold 229.1
2 Pavel Ploc 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 212.1
3 Jiří Malec 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 211.8
4 Miran Tepeš 26 Yugoslavia YUG 211.2
5 Jiří Parma 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 203.8
6 Heinz Kuttin 17 Austria AUT 199.7
7 Jari Puikkonen 28 Finland FIN 199.1
8 Staffan Tällberg 17 Sweden SWE 198.1
9 Jens Weißflog 23 East Germany GDR 196.6
10 Piotr Fijas 29 Poland POL 195.4
11 Akira Sato 23 Japan JPN 194.0
12 Andreas Felder 25 Austria AUT 192.1
13 Steve Collins 23 Canada CAN 191.1
14 Ladislav Dluhoš 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 191.0
15 Ari-Pekka Nikkola 18 Finland FIN 190.7
16 Matjaž Zupan 19 Yugoslavia YUG 190.0
17 Fabrice Piazzini 22 Switzerland SUI 188.8
18 Mark Konopacke 24 United States USA 188.2
19 Ole Christian Eidhammer 22 Norway NOR 186.7
20 Günther Stranner 20 Austria AUT 186.6
21 Remo Lederer 19 East Germany GDR 185.2
22 Ole Gunnar Fidjestøl 27 Norway NOR 184.4
23 Risto Laakkonen 20 Finland FIN 183.2
24 Ernst Vettori 23 Austria AUT 181.5
25 Masaru Nagaoka 25 Japan JPN 181.3
26 Rajko Lotrič 25 Yugoslavia YUG 180.1
27 Anders Daun 24 Sweden SWE 179.2
28 Jan Boklöv 21 Sweden SWE 177.8
29 Andi Bauer 24 West Germany FRG 177.5
30 Primož Ulaga 25 Yugoslavia YUG 177.1
31 Josef Heumann 23 West Germany FRG 176.4
32 Ron Richards 24 Canada CAN 175.3
33 Mike Holland 26 United States USA 174.6
34T Didier Mollard 18 France FRA 174.3
34T Jan Kowal 20 Poland POL 174.3
36 Per-Inge Tällberg 20 Sweden SWE 174.2
37 Gérard Balanche 20 Switzerland SUI 173.8
38 Eduard Suboch 18 Soviet Union URS 173.6
39 Mikhail Yesin 20 Soviet Union URS 171.6
40 Emil Zografski 20 Bulgaria BUL 171.2
41 Erik Johnsen 22 Norway NOR 171.1
42 Todd Gillman 20 Canada CAN 171.0
43 Dennis McGrane 25 United States USA 169.8
44 Horst Bulau 25 Canada CAN 167.7
45 Vegard Opaas 26 Norway NOR 166.2
46 Sandro Sambugaro 22 Italy ITA 165.5
47 Thomas Klauser 23 West Germany FRG 165.1
48 Christian Hauswirth 22 Switzerland SUI 164.7
49 Frédéric Berger 23 France FRA 164.5
50 Virginio Lunardi 19 Italy ITA 162.2
51 Katsushi Tao 24 Japan JPN 161.6
52 Shinichi Tanaka 28 Japan JPN 160.1
53 Vladimir Breychev 29 Bulgaria BUL 159.7
54 Rick Mewborn 22 United States USA 158.6
55 Dieter Thoma 18 West Germany FRG 154.1
56 Christoph Lehmann 19 Switzerland SUI 150.9
57 Bernat Sola 22 Spain ESP 140.4
58 Eddie Edwards 24 Great Britain GBR 69.2