Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Nordic Combined Ski Jump, Seefeld
Date Started: January 31, 1964
Date Finished: January 31, 1964
Format: Three jumps, all scored on distance and form, with best two of three jumps to count.
Norwegian [Toralf Engan] won the Normal Hill at the 1962 World Championships and was considered a favorite together with Finlandâs [Veikko Kankkonen], who earlier in the Olympic season had shown consistency by winning the Four Hills Tournament. Defending Olympic Champion [Helmut Recknagel] was still a major force in ski jumping, winning gold on the Large Hill and bronze on the Normal Hill in the 1962 World Championships.
Wearing start number 1, the 21-year old Norwegian [Hans Olav SÃ¸rensen] was in the lead with a 76 m-jump until Engan, with start number 43, made an excellent jump of 79 m and took over the lead. But then the Czechoslovakian jumper [Josef MatouÅ¡] surprised everybody with 80.5 m, the longest jump of the day to take over the lead. Kankkonen, jumping last of the 53 participants, missed his first jump and was a distant 29th after the first round.
In the second round, a young Norwegian, 22-year-old [Torgeir BrandtzÃ¦g], who had made a poor first jump, surprised with an excellent 79 m-jump. Engan made another good jump at 78.5 m and took over the lead, since MatouÅ¡ was not able to follow up his first round jump. Then Kankkonen made the best jump of the day, 80 m and with high style points, but he needed another good jump to be in contention for the gold medal. After round two Engan was in a clear lead with 224.4 points, MatouÅ¡ in second 6.2, points behind and the consistent German [Dieter Neuendorf] in third place. BrandtzÃ¦g and Kankkonen advanced to fourth and fifth place with their good second jumps and were still among the contenders for the gold medal.
In the third round, BrandtzÃ¦g made another good jump of 78 m, improving his total points but was unable to catch Engan, who also improved after his best jump of the day, another 79 m jump with better style points than his first jump. MatouÅ¡ and Neuendorf were not able to improve and stayed behind BrandtzÃ¦g. Kankkonen was the last to jump, and he needed a jump around 78 m to take the gold medal from Engan. The 24-year-old Finn, showing great competitive ability, produced a stylish 79 m-jump and could celebrate as an Olympic champion. Defending champion Recknagel made three consistent jumps and came 6th. He decided to end his sporting career after the 1964 season.
|8||Hans Olav SÃ¸rensen||21||Norway||NOR||208.6|
|10||John Balfanz||23||United States||USA||206.5|
|12||Pyotr Kovalenko||21||Soviet Union||URS||205.1|
|14T||Gene Kotlarek||23||United States||USA||203.4|
|17||Aleksandr Ivannikov||19||Soviet Union||URS||203.3|
|21||Nikolay Kamensky||32||Soviet Union||URS||201.1|
|24||Ansten Samuelstuen||34||United States||USA||200.4|
|36||Nikolay Shamov||27||Soviet Union||URS||192.1|
|41||David Hicks||18||United States||USA||190.3|
|46||Bruno De Zordo||22||Italy||ITA||185.1|