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Nordic Combined at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's Sprint

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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 21, 2002
Date Finished: February 22, 2002
Format: Large hill ski jumping (one jump) and 7.5 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: GER Ronny Ackermann
Bronze: AUT Felix Gottwald

Summary

A sprint event had been contested at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001, won by Bjarte Engen Vik in 1999 and Germany’s Marco Baacke in 2001, who was not in Salt Lake City. In 2001 the silver medalist had been Finnish athlete Samppa Lajunen, followed by German Ronny Ackermann. The event consisted of a single jump on the large hill followed by a 7½ km cross-country race, started by the Gundersen Method with the jumping leaders going off first, in the order of their finish. On the large hill, Lajunen took the lead with a jump of 126.5 metres, to take a 3.9 point margin over Ackermann, which gave the Finn a 15 second start lead in the cross-country. In third place after the jumping was Lajunen’s teammate, Jaakko Tallus, who had already won a silver medal in the individual event in Salt Lake City. Lajunen and Ackermann were never challenged in the ski race, with Ackermann closing slightly but unable to catch Lajunen, who won by 9 seconds. Tallus could not hold onto the bronze, being passed by Austrian Felix Gottwald in the last kilometer of the ski race.

For Lajunen it was his third gold medal in Nordic combined at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Prior to his feats at Salt Lake City he was better known in Finland as a rock star, as he was the songwriter and guitarist of the group Vieraileva Tahti, or Guest Star, which also contained several other Nordic skiers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TM
1 Samppa Lajunen 22 Finland FIN Gold
2 Ronny Ackermann 24 Germany GER Silver +0:09.0
3 Felix Gottwald 26 Austria AUT Bronze +0:40.2
4 Jaakko Tallus 20 Finland FIN +0:45.8
5 Todd Lodwick 25 United States USA +0:52.0
6 Daito Takahashi 21 Japan JPN +0:57.8
7 Hannu Manninen 23 Finland FIN +1:02.6
8 Andy Hartmann 22 Switzerland SUI +1:04.6
9 Björn Kircheisen 18 Germany GER +1:05.1
10 Ludovic Roux 22 France FRA +1:05.6
11 Mario Stecher 24 Austria AUT +1:09.4
12 Andrej Jezeršek 19 Slovenia SLO +1:12.7
13 Sverre Rotevatn 25 Norway NOR +1:14.3
14 Bill Demong 21 United States USA +1:16.0
15 Pavel Churavý 24 Czech Republic CZE +1:17.9
16 Christoph Bieler 24 Austria AUT +1:21.5
17 Norihito Kobayashi 19 Japan JPN +1:24.5
18 Nicolas Bal 23 France FRA +1:24.7
19 Jens Gaiser 23 Germany GER +1:39.2
20 Kristian Hammer 25 Norway NOR +1:40.9
21 Andreas Hurschler 24 Switzerland SUI +1:41.8
22 Satoshi Mori 30 Japan JPN +1:44.9
23 Mikko Keskinarkaus 22 Finland FIN +1:51.3
24 Petr Šmejc 23 Czech Republic CZE +1:51.8
25 Marcel Höhlig 22 Germany GER +1:52.1
26 Jan Rune Grave 24 Norway NOR +1:53.1
27 Frédéric Baud 27 France FRA +1:53.4
28 Michael Gruber 22 Austria AUT +1:53.9
29 Ronny Heer 21 Switzerland SUI +1:53.9
30 Preben Fjære Brynemo 24 Norway NOR +1:55.4
31 Seppi Hurschler 18 Switzerland SUI +1:55.9
32 Johnny Spillane 21 United States USA +1:56.3
33 Kenji Ogiwara 32 Japan JPN +1:59.0
34 Kevin Arnould 21 France FRA +2:20.8
35 Milan Kučera 27 Czech Republic CZE +2:33.4
36 Matt Dayton 24 United States USA +2:35.8
37 Jens Salumäe 20 Estonia EST +2:49.1
38 Sergey Zakharenko 27 Belarus BLR +2:49.4
39 Michal Pšenko 19 Slovakia SVK +3:27.2
40 Tambet Pikkor 21 Estonia EST +3:58.0