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Alpine Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Kvitfjell Alpine Centre, Ringebu
Date Started: February 13, 1994
Date Finished: February 13, 1994

Gold: USA Tommy Moe
Silver: NOR Kjetil André Aamodt
Bronze: CAN Ed Podivinsky

Summary

No man had dominated downhill skiing in the past five years, so the event was considered wide open. Norway’s favorite was Kjetil André Aamodt, who was the seventh skier out of the starthouse. The leader at the time was Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli, but the Norwegian fans went crazy when Aamodt bested his time by 0.34 seconds. The next skier was American Tommy Moe, who was a solid skier on the World Cup circuit but had never won a World Cup race. No matter, for Moe went ahead, edging Aamodt by 0.04 seconds. As the remaining skiers came down, Moe’s time held up for an unlikely gold medal. He would never again win a World Cup downhill race, and would win only one other World Cup race ever, a super-G later in March 1994. The 1994 downhill was one of the closest ever overall as less than one second separated the first 15 finishers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Tommy Moe 23 United States USA Gold 1:45.75
2 Kjetil André Aamodt 22 Norway NOR Silver 1:45.79
3 Ed Podivinsky 23 Canada CAN Bronze 1:45.87
4 Patrick Ortlieb 26 Austria AUT 1:46.01
5 Marc Girardelli 30 Luxembourg LUX 1:46.09
6T Nicolas Burtin 22 France FRA 1:46.22
6T Hannes Trinkl 26 Austria AUT 1:46.22
8 Luc Alphand 28 France FRA 1:46.25
9 Atle Skårdal 27 Norway NOR 1:46.29
10 Jan Einar Thorsen 27 Norway NOR 1:46.34
11 Kyle Rasmussen 25 United States USA 1:46.35
12 Peter Runggaldier 25 Italy ITA 1:46.39
13 Pietro Vitalini 26 Italy ITA 1:46.48
14 Daniel Mahrer 32 Switzerland SUI 1:46.55
15 Armin Assinger 29 Austria AUT 1:46.68
16 William Besse 25 Switzerland SUI 1:46.76
17 A J Kitt 25 United States USA 1:46.82
18 Lasse Kjus 23 Norway NOR 1:46.84
19 Günther Mader 29 Austria AUT 1:46.87
20 Kristian Ghedina 24 Italy ITA 1:46.99
21 Luigi Colturi 26 Italy ITA 1:47.05
22 Christophe Plé 27 France FRA 1:47.11
23 Franco Cavegn 23 Switzerland SUI 1:47.15
24 Jean-Luc Crétier 27 France FRA 1:47.27
25 Hansjörg Tauscher 26 Germany GER 1:47.30
26 Graham Bell 28 Great Britain GBR 1:47.39
27 Luke Sauder 23 Canada CAN 1:47.45
28 Martin Bell 29 Great Britain GBR 1:47.49
29 Jürgen Hasler 20 Liechtenstein LIE 1:47.62
30 Janne Leskinen 22 Finland FIN 1:47.87
31 Ralf Socher 26 Canada CAN 1:47.93
32 Fredrik Nyberg 24 Sweden SWE 1:47.97
33 Achim Vogt 23 Liechtenstein LIE 1:47.98
34 Patrik Järbyn 24 Sweden SWE 1:48.05
35 Miran Ravter 21 Slovenia SLO 1:48.48
36 Markus Wasmeier 30 Germany GER 1:48.53
37 Andrey Filichkin 19 Russia RUS 1:48.81
38 Craig Thrasher 23 United States USA 1:48.91
39 Markus Foser 26 Liechtenstein LIE 1:48.93
40 Marco Büchel 22 Liechtenstein LIE 1:48.97
41 Georges Mendes 19 Portugal POR 1:49.20
42 Nils Linneberg 26 Chile CHI 1:49.80
43 Andrey Kolotvin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:50.39
44 Petar Dichev 24 Bulgaria BUL 1:51.07
45 Maríano Puricelli 19 Argentina ARG 1:52.38
46 Marcin Szafrański 22 Poland POL 1:52.59
47 Zurab Dzhidzhishvili 20 Georgia GEO 1:53.27
48 Hubertus von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe 35 Mexico MEX 1:53.37
49 Diego Margozzini 23 Chile CHI 1:55.32
50 Lothar Christian Munder 31 Brazil BRA 1:56.48
AC Cary Mullen 24 Canada CAN DNF
AC Franz Heinzer 31 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Connor O'Brien 33 Estonia EST DNF
AC Lamine Guèye 33 Senegal SEN DNF
AC Vasily Bezsmelnitsyn 19 Russia RUS DQ