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Nordic Combined at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park; Utah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah
Date Started: February 9, 2002
Date Finished: February 10, 2002
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: FIN Samppa Lajunen
Silver: FIN Jaakko Tallus
Bronze: AUT Felix Gottwald

Summary

There were several strong contenders. Finland’s Samppa Lajunen had won the World Cup in 1996-97 and 1999-2000 and was runner-up at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships. His biggest rival was Bjarte Engen Vik, who beat him at the 1999 and 2001 Worlds, and was the defending champion, but he had retired after the 2001 season. In his absence, Austrian Felix Gottwald was expected to challenge Lajunen, having won the 2000-01 World Cup. And in the 2001-02 World Cup, Gottwald was in a close battle for the lead with German Ronny Ackermann.

Lajunen’s teammate, Jaakko Tallus, was the leader in the jumping with 267.5 points, but Lajunen was only 8.5 back. Ackermann was fifth and Gottwald 11th after the jumps, both still in contention. Tallus went off 53 seconds ahead of Lajunen, 1:08 ahead of Ackermann, and with a 2:43 margin on Gottwald. Lajunen caught Tallus on the second lap (of three) and pulled ahead to win the gold medal by 24.7, Tallus hanging on for the silver. Gottwald had the fastest ski time, but never challenged either of the Finns, although he did move onto the podium for a bronze medal. Ackermann would finish fourth, but would best Gottwald in the 2001-02 World Cup race, and win that title again in 2002-03, as well as winning the 2003 World Championship.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TM
1 Samppa Lajunen 22 Finland FIN Gold
2 Jaakko Tallus 20 Finland FIN Silver +24.7
3 Felix Gottwald 26 Austria AUT Bronze +54.8
4 Ronny Ackermann 24 Germany GER +1:16.1
5 Björn Kircheisen 18 Germany GER +1:44.2
6 Mario Stecher 24 Austria AUT +2:19.1
7 Todd Lodwick 25 United States USA +2:27.7
8 Kristian Hammer 25 Norway NOR +2:29.1
9 Andy Hartmann 22 Switzerland SUI +2:30.6
10 Nicolas Bal 23 France FRA +2:31.6
11 Kenji Ogiwara 32 Japan JPN +2:33.9
12 Daito Takahashi 21 Japan JPN +2:49.5
13 Andrej Jezeršek 19 Slovenia SLO +2:51.2
14 Hannu Manninen 23 Finland FIN +3:09.4
15 Christoph Bieler 24 Austria AUT +3:09.4
16 Pavel Churavý 24 Czech Republic CZE +3:59.6
17 Kevin Arnould 21 France FRA +4:00.4
18 Matt Dayton 24 United States USA +4:00.6
19 Bill Demong 21 United States USA +4:06.4
20 Christoph Eugen 25 Austria AUT +4:14.4
21 Sebastian Haseney 23 Germany GER +4:25.3
22 Preben Fjære Brynemo 24 Norway NOR +4:38.6
23 Aleksey Barannikov 26 Russia RUS +4:55.6
24 Jan Rune Grave 24 Norway NOR +5:06.8
25 Andreas Hurschler 24 Switzerland SUI +5:07.7
26 Ludovic Roux 22 France FRA +5:10.6
27 Aleksey Tsvetkov 20 Russia RUS +5:16.5
28 Mikko Keskinarkaus 22 Finland FIN +5:27.2
29 Ronny Heer 21 Switzerland SUI +5:28.3
30 Satoshi Mori 30 Japan JPN +5:28.9
31 Aleksey Fadeyev 24 Russia RUS +5:37.3
32 Johnny Spillane 21 United States USA +5:53.8
33 Gen Tomii 28 Japan JPN +6:03.7
34 Georg Hettich 23 Germany GER +6:06.1
35 Vladimir Lysenin 24 Russia RUS +6:09.8
36 Sverre Rotevatn 25 Norway NOR +6:12.9
37 Frédéric Baud 27 France FRA +6:24.2
38 Michal Pšenko 19 Slovakia SVK +6:54.5
39 Ladislav Rygl 25 Czech Republic CZE +6:54.8
40 Jens Salumäe 20 Estonia EST +9:15.7
41 Milan Kučera 27 Czech Republic CZE +9:20.7
42 Ivan Rieder 25 Switzerland SUI +10:00.3
43 Petr Šmejc 23 Czech Republic CZE +10:02.0
44 Sergey Zakharenko 27 Belarus BLR +10:07.2
AC Tambet Pikkor 21 Estonia EST DNF