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Alpine Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's Slalom

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 12, 1972
Date Finished: February 13, 1972

Gold: ESP Francisco Fernández Ochoa
Silver: ITA Gustavo Thoeni
Bronze: ITA Rolando Thoeni


The two favorites were Frenchman [Jean-Noël Augert], 1970 World Champion, and World Cup slalom leader in 1970-72, and Italian [Gustavo Thoeni], slightly better in the giant slalom, but considered the best technical skier in the world. Augert was second after the first run with 55.77, while Thoeni struggled into eighth place with 56.69, but both trailed the surprising Spaniard, [Francisco Fernández Ochoa]. Fernández Ochoa had no significant international record, his best previous place in a World Cup being sixth. He was not expected to hold the lead thru two runs, with Augert closely behind him. But on the second run, Augert skied poorly, placing only 10th, and eventually dropping to fifth overall. Thoeni came back, posting the fastest time in run two, but it was only enough to get him the silver medal. In one of the great upsets of the Winter Olympics, Fernández Ochoa held on, trailing only Gustavo Thoeni in run two, and won a shocking gold medal. The bronze medal went to Thoeni’s cousin, [Rolando Thoeni].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Francisco Fernández Ochoa 21 Spain ESP Gold
2 Gustavo Thoeni 20 Italy ITA Silver
3 Rolando Thoeni 21 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Henri Duvillard 24 France FRA
5 Jean-Noël Augert 22 France FRA
6 Eberardo Schmalzl 21 Italy ITA
7 David Zwilling 22 Austria AUT
8 Edy Bruggmann 28 Switzerland SUI
9 Tyler Palmer 21 United States USA
10 Andrzej Bachleda-Curuś 25 Poland POL
11 Christian Neureuther 22 West Germany FRG
12 Aurelio García 24 Spain ESP
13 Walter Tresch 23 Switzerland SUI
14 Alfred Matt 23 Austria AUT
15 Adolf Rösti 24 Switzerland SUI
16 Terry Palmer 19 United States USA
17 Masami Ichimura 21 Japan JPN
18 Masayoshi Kashiwagi 22 Japan JPN
19 Jim Hunter 18 Canada CAN
20 Virgil Brenci 25 Romania ROU
21 Sven Mikaelsson 28 Sweden SWE
22 Sergey Grishchenko 24 Soviet Union URS
23 Reto Barrington 19 Canada CAN
24 Malcolm Milne 23 Australia AUS
25 Robert Blanchaer 19 Belgium BEL
26 Royston Varley 20 Great Britain GBR
27 Ivan Penev 22 Bulgaria BUL
28 Iain Finlayson 20 Great Britain GBR
29 Resmi Resmiev 24 Bulgaria BUL
30 Carlos Perner 24 Argentina ARG
31 Jorge-Emilio Lazzarini 16 Argentina ARG
32 Fayzollah Band Ali 32 Iran IRI
33 Gorban Ali Kalhor 19 Iran IRI
34 Chen Yun-Ming 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
35 Wang Cheng-Che 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
36 Hwang Wei-Chung 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
37 Chia Kuo-Liang 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC Alfred Hagn 23 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Max Rieger 25 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Haruhisa Chiba 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Hansjörg Schlager 23 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Josef Loidl 25 Austria AUT DNF
AC Manni Thofte 18 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Andreas Sprecher 27 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Erik HÃ¥ker 19 Norway NOR DNF
AC Olle Rolén 27 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Rick Chaffee 27 United States USA DNF
AC Chris Womersley 23 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Steven Clifford 16 Australia AUS DNF
AC Dan Cristea 23 Romania ROU DNF
AC Herbert Marxer 19 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Derek Robbins 20 Canada CAN DNF
AC Alex Mapelli-Mozzi 20 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Ross Ewington 24 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Ghassan Keyrouz 20 Lebanon LIB DNF
AC Georgios Tambouris 19 Greece GRE DNF
AC Panagiotis Alexandris 22 Greece GRE DNF
AC Spyros Theodorou 19 Greece GRE DNF
AC Lotfollah Kia Shemshaki 33 Iran IRI DNF
AC Ben Nanasca 17 Philippines PHI DNF
AC Juan Cipriano 19 Philippines PHI DNF
AC Konrad Bartelski 17 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Alain Penz 24 France FRA DQ
AC Willi Frommelt 19 Liechtenstein LIE DQ
AC Bob Cochran 20 United States USA DQ
AC Otto Tschudi 23 Norway NOR DQ
AC Erwin Stricker 21 Italy ITA DQ
AC Reinhard Tritscher 25 Austria AUT DQ
AC Marko Kavčič 22 Yugoslavia YUG DQ
AC Toshimasa Furukawa 24 Japan JPN DQ
AC Peik Christensen 19 Norway NOR DQ
AC Ali Saveh Iran IRI DQ