Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Intervale Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid; James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 10, 1932
Date Finished: February 11, 1932
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 18 kilometres skiing; placements determined by points table.
Norway had won all the medals in Nordic Combined at the two previous Olympics, and entered a strong team for the Lake Placid Games. The team was led by defending champion [Johan GrÃ¸ttumsbraaten], the king of skiing at the 1928 Olympics and World Champion in the event in 1926 and 1931, and [Hans Vinjarengen], silver medalist from 1928 and World Champion in 1929 and 1930. The Norwegian lineup was completed by [Ole Stenen], a cross country specialist and decent jumper, and 23-year old [Sverre Kolterud], with jumping his strength.
In the 18 km. race GrÃ¸ttumsbraaten and Stenen took advantage of their cross-country abilities to build up a decisive lead on the rest of the field. In third place was a big surprise, the unknown 23-year old Japanese [Heigoro Kuriyagawa], who beat Vinjarengen by over a minute, and in 5th was another Japanese surprise, [Takemitsu Tsubokawa]. The Scandinavian experts were wondering about the Japanese skills on the jumping hill.
Best in the ski jumping section was [Fritz Kaufmann] with two solid jumps of 59.5 and 60.5 meters, but since he was over 32 minutes behind the winner in cross country, he was no threat in the overall standings. Vinjarengen placed second in jumping with 54.0 and 60.0 meters (longest in the competition), but was barely beaten by Stenen in the overall standings. However, no one could threaten GrÃ¸ttumsbraaten from defending his title. Finishing 6th in the jump, he won by a clear margin, and ended his Olympic career with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. As the Norwegians had hoped for, Kolterud was able to advance to 4th place, beating the best non-Norwegian [Sven Eriksson] (later SelÃ¥nger) clearly. Kuriyagawa turned out to be a decent jumper, but a fall in the first round relegated him to 20th place, and his countryman Tsukokawa had the shortest jumps of the day and placed 15th overall.
|8||FrantiÅ¡ek Å imÅ¯nek||21||Czechoslovakia||TCH||375.30|
|9||Rolf Monsen||33||United States||USA||369.30|
|14||Ed Blood||23||United States||USA||361.45|
|16||Lloyd Ellingson||23||United States||USA||354.20|
|25||John Ericksen||28||United States||USA||316.30|