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Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): , Val d'Isère
Date Started: February 18, 1992
Date Finished: February 18, 1992
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: ITA Alberto Tomba
Silver: LUX Marc Girardelli
Bronze: NOR Kjetil André Aamodt

Summary

Although he had struggled somewhat after the Calgary Olympics, defending champion Alberto Tomba had won the 1991 giant slalom World Cup. There were three other major contenders – the super-G gold medalist Kjetil André Aamodt (NOR), the 1991-92 World Cup leader Paul Accola (SUI), and the peripatetic Marc Girardelli (LUX). Girardelli had been a four-time overall World Cup champion, and coming into Albertville was considered the greatest skier without an Olympic medal, although he had ended that in the super-G with a silver. Girardelli was born in Austria and lived mostly in Switzerland. He had acquired Luxembourgeois citizenship after he and his father had disputes with the Austrian ski team. He had been unable to compete at the 1984 Winter Olympics because he did not obtain his citizenship in time, and although he competed at Calgary in 1988, he struggled there.

There were 131 skiers in the event, the largest entry ever in Winter Olympic skiing, and the first run seemingly took forever to complete. To make it more time-consuming, the course was not that difficult and a full 109 skiiers finished and competed in the second run. The first run went according to form, with Tomba leading, following by Girardelli, Aamodt, and Accola. Tomba again posted the fastest time in the second run, to defend his gold medal, with the order unchanged – Girardelli getting his second silver in Albertville, Aamodt winning bronze, and Accola in fourth place. Tomba’s performance made him the first Alpine skier to defend a title at the Winter Olympics.

Near the end of the race, Raymond Keyrouz was the 129th starter. But he was so slow that he was passed by the 130th starter El-Hassan Mahta. Both were eventually disqualified for missing gates.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Alberto Tomba 25 Italy ITA Gold 2:06.98
2 Marc Girardelli 28 Luxembourg LUX Silver 2:07.30
3 Kjetil André Aamodt 20 Norway NOR Bronze 2:07.82
4 Paul Accola 24 Switzerland SUI 2:08.02
5 Ole Kristian Furuseth 25 Norway NOR 2:08.16
6 Günther Mader 27 Austria AUT 2:08.80
7 Rainer Salzgeber 24 Austria AUT 2:08.83
8 Fredrik Nyberg 22 Sweden SWE 2:09.00
9T Hubert Strolz 29 Austria AUT 2:09.45
9T Josef Polig 23 Italy ITA 2:09.45
11 Hans Pieren 30 Switzerland SUI 2:09.57
12 Christian Mayer 20 Austria AUT 2:10.06
13T Stéphane Exartier 22 France FRA 2:10.67
13T Michael von Grünigen 22 Switzerland SUI 2:10.67
15 Günther Marxer 27 Liechtenstein LIE 2:11.15
16 Gregor Grilc 21 Slovenia SLO 2:11.50
17 Sergio Bergamelli 21 Italy ITA 2:11.75
18 Franck Piccard 27 France FRA 2:11.93
19 Alain Feutrier 23 France FRA 2:12.00
20 Rob Parisien 21 United States USA 2:12.03
21 Kiminobu Kimura 21 Japan JPN 2:12.10
22 Jure Košir 19 Slovenia SLO 2:12.23
23 Mitja Kunc 20 Slovenia SLO 2:12.88
24 Andrej Miklavc 21 Slovenia SLO 2:12.95
25 Casey Puckett 19 United States USA 2:13.25
26 Achim Vogt 21 Liechtenstein LIE 2:14.70
27 Vicente Tomas 22 Spain ESP 2:15.55
28 Simon Lyle Wi Rutene 25 New Zealand NZL 2:15.61
29 Takuya Ishioka 20 Japan JPN 2:15.92
30 Petar Dichev 22 Bulgaria BUL 2:16.38
31 Xavier Ubeira 21 Spain ESP 2:17.06
32 Ricardo Campo 22 Spain ESP 2:17.77
33 Lyubomir Popov 24 Bulgaria BUL 2:18.01
34 Marián Bíreš 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:18.11
35 Rob Crossan 23 Canada CAN 2:18.57
36 Gerard Escoda 21 Andorra AND 2:18.69
37 Peter Jurko 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:19.15
38 Nahum Orobitg 20 Andorra AND 2:19.30
39 Willy Raine 22 Canada CAN 2:20.06
40 Bill Gaylord 24 Great Britain GBR 2:20.66
41 Borislav Dimitrachkov 23 Bulgaria BUL 2:21.65
42 Pierre Kőszáli 21 Hungary HUN 2:23.36
43 Gavin Forsyth 22 Great Britain GBR 2:24.23
44 Örnólfur Valdimarsson 27 Iceland ISL 2:25.02
45 Nils Gelbjerg-Hansen 23 Denmark DEN 2:26.49
46 Marcin Szafrański 20 Poland POL 2:27.40
47 Agustín Neiman 20 Argentina ARG 2:28.31
48 Emilian Focşeneanu 26 Romania ROU 2:29.00
49 Alexis Racloz 25 Chile CHI 2:29.27
50 Balázs Tornay 22 Hungary HUN 2:29.71
51 Mauricio Rotella 21 Chile CHI 2:30.44
52 Jakub Malczewski 17 Poland POL 2:30.67
53 Aurel Foiciuc 24 Romania ROU 2:30.82
54 Gáston Begue 19 Argentina ARG 2:31.16
55 Diego Margozzini 21 Chile CHI 2:33.32
56 Péter Kristály 24 Hungary HUN 2:34.38
57 Elias Majdalani 25 Lebanon LIB 2:35.77
58 Zoran Perušina 21 Yugoslavia YUG 2:36.02
59 Jason Gasperoni 18 San Marino SMR 2:38.35
60 Taner Üstündağ 20 Turkey TUR 2:38.95
61 Alekhis Fotiadis 24 Cyprus CYP 2:39.99
62 John Campbell 29 United States Virgin Islands ISV 2:40.03
63 Keith Fraser 24 Swaziland SWZ 2:41.76
64 Sérgio Schuler 19 Brazil BRA 2:42.61
65 Carlos Mier y Terán 18 Mexico MEX 2:44.73
66 Lamine Guèye 31 Senegal SEN 2:44.98
67T Kim Chol-Ryong 19 North Korea PRK 2:45.26
67T Ahmet Demir 24 Turkey TUR 2:45.26
69 Andreas Vasili 20 Cyprus CYP 2:46.26
70 Cevdet Can 22 Turkey TUR 2:46.40
71 Michael Teruel 22 Philippines PHI 2:46.84
72 Eduardo Ampudia 20 Mexico MEX 2:47.60
73 Marcelo Apovian 19 Brazil BRA 2:48.04
74 Alphonse Gomis 26 Senegal SEN 2:48.08
75 Yakup Kadri Birinci 24 Turkey TUR 2:48.12
76 Sokratis Aristodimou 21 Cyprus CYP 2:48.16
77 Guillermo Avila 31 Bolivia BOL 2:50.77
78 Brahim Ait Sibrahim 25 Morocco MAR 2:54.22
79 German Sánchez 19 Mexico MEX 2:56.71
80 Kamel Guerri 23 Algeria ALG 3:03.77
81 Chen Tong-Jong 22 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:05.99
82 Nanak Chand Thakur 20 India IND 3:09.03
83 Daniel Stahle 17 Bolivia BOL 3:12.36
84 Mustapha Naitlhou 23 Morocco MAR 3:17.32
85 Mourad Guerri 17 Algeria ALG 3:20.33
86 Noureddine Bouchaal 21 Morocco MAR 3:22.30
87 Carlos Aramayo 19 Bolivia BOL 3:24.29
88 Dany Abounaoum 22 Lebanon LIB 3:24.39
89 José Manuel Bejarano 35 Bolivia BOL 3:27.35
90 Julián Muñoz 45 Costa Rica CRC 3:46.51
91 Alejandro Preinfalk 21 Costa Rica CRC 4:49.06
AC Johan Wallner 27 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Steve Locher 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Matt Grosjean 21 United States USA DNF
AC Armin Bittner 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Jorge Pujol 24 Spain ESP DNF
AC Ramon Rossell 20 Andorra AND DNF
AC Victor Gómez 17 Andorra AND DNF
AC Sean Langmuir 24 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Tsuyoshi Tomii 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Attila Bónis 20 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Carlos Espiasse 19 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Thomas Lefousi 19 Greece GRE DNF
AC Choi Yong-Hee 20 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Hans Egger 29 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Fábio Igel 21 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Ong Ching-Ming 23 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Lal Chuni 21 India IND DNF
AC Gabriel Chernacov 37 Costa Rica CRC DNF
AC Lasse Kjus 21 Norway NOR DNF
AC Patrick Holzer 21 Italy ITA DNF
AC Didrik Marksten 20 Norway NOR DNF
AC Markus Wasmeier 28 Germany GER DNF
AC Chris Puckett 21 United States USA DNF
AC Marco Büchel 20 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Daniel Vogt 19 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Kristinn Björnsson 19 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Vedran Pavlek 18 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Federico van Ditmar 22 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Ioannis Kapraras 23 Greece GRE DNF
AC Nicola Ercolani 22 San Marino SMR DNF
AC Jorge Eduardo Ballesteros 15 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Rejmon Horo 21 Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC Enis Bećirbegović 15 Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC Martin Chernacov 26 Costa Rica CRC DNF
AC Peter Roth 31 Germany GER DQ
AC Hur Seung-Wook 19 South Korea KOR DQ
AC Jean Khalil 22 Lebanon LIB DQ
AC Igor Latinović 20 Yugoslavia YUG DQ
AC El-Hassan Mahta 26 Morocco MAR DQ
AC Raymond Keyrouz 21 Lebanon LIB DQ