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Nordic Combined at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): , Le Praz, Courchevel; , Les Saisies
Date Started: February 11, 1992
Date Finished: February 12, 1992
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: FRA Fabrice Guy
Silver: FRA Sylvain Guillaume
Bronze: AUT Klaus Sulzenbacher

Summary

In 1988 Klaus Sulzenbacher had won the silver medal in this event, but since then he had been tough to beat, winning the overall World Cup in 1987-88 and 1989-90, placing second in 1988-89 and 1990-91, and finishing second at the 1991 World Championships. As the 1991-92 season started the Olympic gold looked to be a battle between him and Norway’s Fred Børre Lundberg, who had won the 1991 World Championships and led the 1990-91 World Cup season. No one was considering a French skier named Fabrice Guy, but when he won four the five World Cup events in 1991-92, he became a favorite, and would be helped by the hometown crowd. Guy was at his best in the ski race, and hoped to place high enough on the jumping hill to be in contention. But he did better than that. The jumping was won by Austria’s Klaus Ofner with 228.5 points, who had been third at the 1991 World Championships, but Guy placed third, with 222.1, giving him a starting deficit of only 42.7 seconds. But more importantly, he beat Sulzenbacher, who usually was at his best on the hill, but in Albertville posted 221.6 to start 3.3 seconds behind Guy. And Lundberg was even further back, starting 1:08.0 behind Guy.

In the ski race, Ofner was off first, but it was not his strength and he would finish only 21st in the skiing and fifth overall. Guy pulled away from Sulzenbacher in the first 5 km, and neither was ever challenged by Lundberg, as Guy skied to the gold medal. Sulzenbacher won the bronze, surprisingly outskied by Guy’s teammate, Sylvain Guillaume, who was third in the skiing and won the silver medal. Guillaume would not be heard of again at major internationals, while Guy would place third at the 1997 World Championships, and won the 1991-92 seasonal World Cup. Lundberg improved in the cross-country to finish fourth overall, but would come back to win the gold medal in Lillehammer.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TM
1 Fabrice Guy 23 France FRA Gold
2 Sylvain Guillaume 23 France FRA Silver +48.4
3 Klaus Sulzenbacher 27 Austria AUT Bronze +1:06.3
4 Fred Børre Lundberg 22 Norway NOR +1:26.7
5 Klaus Ofner 23 Austria AUT +1:29.8
6 Allar Levandi 26 Estonia EST +1:34.1
7 Kenji Ogiwara 22 Japan JPN +1:57.4
8 Stanisław Ustupski 25 Poland POL +2:28.1
9 Trond Einar Elden 21 Norway NOR +2:43.8
10 Knut Tore Apeland 23 Norway NOR +2:55.8
11 Andrey Dundukov 25 Unified Team EUN +3:16.1
12 Thomas Dufter 25 Germany GER +3:24.8
13 Xavier Girard 21 France FRA +3:33.9
14 Andreas Schaad 26 Switzerland SUI +3:34.0
15 František Máka 23 Czechoslovakia TCH +3:34.7
16 Hans-Peter Pohl 27 Germany GER +4:13.6
17 Josef Kovařík 25 Czechoslovakia TCH +4:13.7
18 Stefan Kreiner 18 Austria AUT +4:13.7
19 Takanori Kono 22 Japan JPN +4:18.2
20 Pasi Saapunki 23 Finland FIN +4:35.3
21 Bård Jørgen Elden 23 Norway NOR +4:49.4
22 Vasily Savin 24 Unified Team EUN +4:56.7
23 Ago Markvardt 22 Estonia EST +5:10.5
24 Teemu Summanen 17 Finland FIN +5:31.3
25 Stefan Habas 20 Poland POL +5:50.0
26 Hippolyt Kempf 26 Switzerland SUI +5:56.4
27 Francis Reppelin 22 France FRA +6:00.3
28 Sami Kallunki 20 Finland FIN +6:01.6
29 Marco Zarucchi 20 Switzerland SUI +6:27.2
30 Masashi Abe 26 Japan JPN +6:40.4
31 Peter Heli 22 Estonia EST +6:57.0
32 Günther Csar 25 Austria AUT +7:00.6
33 Valery Stolyarov 21 Unified Team EUN +7:22.1
34 Reiichi Mikata 25 Japan JPN +7:41.0
35 Sven Leonhardt 23 Germany GER +8:00.5
36 Sergey Shvagirev 21 Unified Team EUN +8:35.5
37 Ryan Heckman 17 United States USA +9:13.8
38 Urs Niedhart 22 Switzerland SUI +9:39.3
39 Todd Wilson 26 United States USA +9:54.0
40 Tim Tetreault 21 United States USA +10:21.5
41 Martin Bayer 19 Czechoslovakia TCH +10:43.1
42 Toomas Tiru 23 Estonia EST +12:09.0
AC Jari Mantila 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Joe Holland 27 United States USA DNF
AC Milan Kučera 17 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF