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Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): , Val d'Isère
Date Started: February 9, 1992
Date Finished: February 9, 1992

Gold: AUT Patrick Ortlieb
Silver: FRA Franck Piccard
Bronze: AUT Günther Mader

Summary

Switzerland’s Franz Heinzer was favored, having won the 1991 World Championship and World Cup, and leading the 1991-92 World Cup race coming into Albertville. There was some criticism of the course on the Face Bellevarde, which was designed by Bernhard Russi, and was considered more like a super-G than a downhill. There were rumors that the course was set up to favor French super-G specialist Franck Piccard. One of the biggest critics was the Austrian Patrick Ortlieb, but as the first skier off, he posted 1:50.37, a time which would eventually win him the gold medal, with Piccard placing second. Austrian Günther Mader was third in 1:50.47 and the 1/10th second difference between 1st and 3rd made this the closest of all Olympic downhills for the podium positions. Heinzer would place sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Patrick Ortlieb 24 Austria AUT Gold 1:50.37
2 Franck Piccard 27 France FRA Silver 1:50.42
3 Günther Mader 27 Austria AUT Bronze 1:50.47
4 Markus Wasmeier 28 Germany GER 1:50.62
5 Jan Einar Thorsen 25 Norway NOR 1:50.79
6 Franz Heinzer 29 Switzerland SUI 1:51.39
7 Hansjörg Tauscher 24 Germany GER 1:51.49
8 Lasse Arnesen 27 Norway NOR 1:51.63
9 A J Kitt 23 United States USA 1:51.98
10 Franco Colturi 21 Italy ITA 1:52.07
11 Kristian Ghedina 22 Italy ITA 1:52.28
12 Luc Alphand 26 France FRA 1:52.34
13 Daniel Mahrer 30 Switzerland SUI 1:52.39
14 Gianfranco Martin 21 Italy ITA 1:52.48
15 Xavier Gigandet 25 Switzerland SUI 1:52.50
16 Kyle Rasmussen 23 United States USA 1:52.71
17 Helmut Höflehner 32 Austria AUT 1:53.10
18 Felix Belczyk 30 Canada CAN 1:53.37
19 Berni Huber 24 Germany GER 1:53.38
20 Tommy Moe 21 United States USA 1:53.40
21 Vitaly Andreyev 22 Unified Team EUN 1:53.52
22 Aleksey Maslov 26 Unified Team EUN 1:53.68
23 Brian Stemmle 25 Canada CAN 1:53.77
24 Konstantin Chistyakov 21 Unified Team EUN 1:53.93
25 Tsuyoshi Tomii 20 Japan JPN 1:54.23
26 Kjetil André Aamodt 20 Norway NOR 1:54.24
27 Denis Rey 25 France FRA 1:54.28
28 Reggie Crist 23 United States USA 1:54.54
29 Martin Bell 27 Great Britain GBR 1:54.83
30 Ricardo Campo 22 Spain ESP 1:54.89
31 Boris Duncan 29 Great Britain GBR 1:54.95
32 Tom Stiansen 21 Norway NOR 1:55.62
33 Graham Bell 26 Great Britain GBR 1:55.82
34 Marián Bíreš 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:56.21
35 Paulo Oppliger 20 Chile CHI 1:56.30
36 Steven Lee 29 Australia AUS 1:58.55
37 Petar Dichev 22 Bulgaria BUL 2:01.21
38 Hubertus von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe 33 Mexico MEX 2:02.98
39 Choi Yong-Hee 20 South Korea KOR 2:04.85
40 Alexis Racloz 25 Chile CHI 2:05.61
41 Lothar Christian Munder 29 Brazil BRA 2:07.34
42 Emilian Focşeneanu 26 Romania ROU 2:08.81
43 Péter Kristály 24 Hungary HUN 2:09.88
44 Aurel Foiciuc 24 Romania ROU 2:09.94
45 Lamine Guèye 31 Senegal SEN 2:12.84
AC Leonhard Stock 33 Austria AUT DNF
AC Danilo Sbardellotto 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Marc Girardelli 28 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Adrien Duvillard 23 France FRA DNF
AC Paul Accola 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Roman Torn 24 Canada CAN DNF
AC Markus Foser 24 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Nils Linneberg 24 Chile CHI DNF
AC Alphonse Gomis 26 Senegal SEN DNF
AC Cary Mullen 22 Canada CAN DQ