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Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Pragelato
Date Started: February 11, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006

Gold: NOR Lars Bystøl
Silver: FIN Matti Hautamäki
Bronze: NOR Roar Ljøkelsøy

Summary

Finland’s Janne Ahonen had been the outstanding jumper since the 2002 Olympics and he arrived in Torino as World Cup holder, joint Four Hills champion with the Czech Jakub Janda, and the favourite for the gold medal. Janda and the Pole Adam Małysz were considered as Ahonen’s rival. Contrary to expectations none of the three collected a medal in this event. Instead the gold medal went to somebody who mastered the art of peaking at the right time. Lars Bystøl had always been known to be talented but his career had been blighted by problems with alcohol and in 2004 he had lost his place on the Norwegian team for this reason. On January 4, 2006 he won his first World Cup event which was followed a week later by a gold medal at the World Ski Flying Championship. Despite this run of form, things started badly in Torino as he was disqualified in the qualifying round for wearing an illegal suit, though this proved unimportant as his world ranking guaranteed him a place in the final. Bystøl’s first jump left him in sixth place though the crowded leader board meant that this was only four points behind surprise leader Dmitry Vasilyev of Russia. Ahonen and Thomas Morgenstern of Austria lay just a half point behind the Russian in joint second. While Lars Bystøl’s second leap was, at 103.5 m, an improvement on the first round jump, those in front of him could make a similar improvement and the Norwegian held on to win by a single point and claim Norway’s first ski jumping gold since 1994. More success came for Norway as Roar Ljøkelsøy, in his fourth Olympics, won his first Olympic medal placing third behind Matti Hautamäki of Finland.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lars Bystøl 27 Norway NOR Gold
2 Matti Hautamäki 24 Finland FIN Silver
3 Roar Ljøkelsøy 29 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Michael Uhrmann 27 Germany GER
5 Andreas Küttel 26 Switzerland SUI
6 Janne Ahonen 28 Finland FIN
7 Adam Małysz 28 Poland POL
8 Michael Neumayer 27 Germany GER
9 Thomas Morgenstern 19 Austria AUT
10 Dmitry Vasilyev 26 Russia RUS
11 Andreas Kofler 21 Austria AUT
12 Georg Späth 24 Germany GER
13T Jakub Janda 27 Czech Republic CZE
13T Michael Möllinger 25 Switzerland SUI
15 Bjørn Einar Romøren 24 Norway NOR
16 Kamil Stoch 18 Poland POL
17 Andreas Widhölzl 29 Austria AUT
18 Daiki Ito 20 Japan JPN
19 Dmitry Ipatov 21 Russia RUS
20 Noriaki Kasai 33 Japan JPN
21T Alexander Herr 27 Germany GER
21T Jan Matura 26 Czech Republic CZE
23T Martin Koch 24 Austria AUT
23T Takanobu Okabe 35 Japan JPN
25 Robert Mateja 31 Poland POL
26 Radik Zhaparov 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
27 Sebastian Colloredo 18 Italy ITA
28 Janne Happonen 21 Finland FIN
29 Stefan Hula 19 Poland POL
30 Primož Peterka 26 Slovenia SLO
31 Tami Kiuru 29 Finland FIN
32 Jens Salumäe 24 Estonia EST
33 Maksim Anisimov 22 Belarus BLR
34 Denis Kornilov 19 Russia RUS
35 Jernej Damjan 22 Slovenia SLO
36T Jan Mazoch 20 Czech Republic CZE
36T Andrea Morassi 17 Italy ITA
38T Simon Ammann 24 Switzerland SUI
38T Borek Sedlák 24 Czech Republic CZE
40 Alan Alborn 25 United States USA
41 Robert Kranjec 24 Slovenia SLO
42 Stefan Read 18 Canada CAN
43 Kim Hyeon-Gi 23 South Korea KOR
44T Ildar Fatkullin 23 Russia RUS
44T Li Yang 25 China CHN
46 Ivan Karaulov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
47 Clint Jones 21 United States USA
48 Guido Landert 20 Switzerland SUI
49 Rok Benkovič 19 Slovenia SLO
50 Jaan Jüris 28 Estonia EST
36T r1/2 Choi Heung-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR
36T r1/2 Choi Yong-Jik 23 South Korea KOR
38 r1/2 Tommy Schwall 22 United States USA
39 r1/2 Tian Zhandong 22 China CHN
40 r1/2 Alessio Bolognani 22 Italy ITA
41 r1/2 Gregory Baxter 16 Canada CAN
42T r1/2 Martin Mesík 26 Slovakia SVK
42T r1/2 Graeme Gorham 18 Canada CAN
44 r1/2 Gang Chil-Gu 21 South Korea KOR
45 r1/2 Pyotr Chaadayev 18 Belarus BLR
46 r1/2 Jim Denney 22 United States USA
47 r1/2 Volodymyr Boshchuk 23 Ukraine UKR
48 r1/2 Aleksey Korolyov 18 Kazakhstan KAZ
49 r1/2 Petar Fartunov 16 Bulgaria BUL
50 r1/2 Michael Nell 22 Canada CAN
51 r1/2 Georgi Zharkov 29 Bulgaria BUL
AC r1/2 Masahiko Harada 37 Japan JPN DQ
AC r1/2 Nikolay Karpenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ DQ
AC r1/2 Sigurd Pettersen 25 Norway NOR DQ