1962–63 Four Hills Tournament

At the 11th annual Four Hills Tournament, the strong Norwegian team saw three of its tournament debutants within the Top 5. Toralf Engan dominated the tour with three clear victories and became the second Norwegian to win the tour after Olaf Bjørnstad 10 years earlier.

Four Hills Tournament
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VenuesSchattenbergschanze, Bergiselschanze, Große Olympiaschanze, Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze
LocationGermany, Austria
Dates28 December 1962 (1962-12-28) – 6 January 1963 (1963-01-06)
Competitors77 from 14 nations
Medalists
gold medal 
silver medal 
bronze medal 
← 1961-62
1963-64 →

Participating nations and athletesEdit

With the exception of Wolfgang Schüller, the athletes from the German Democratic Republic did not compete at the two events in Germany for political reasons.

Nation Number of Athletes Athletes
  Germany 11 Max Bolkart, Günther Göllner, Alois Haberstock, Wolfgang Happle, Heini Ihle, Helmut Kurz, Bernd Moderegger, Sepp Schiffner, Georg Thoma, Helmut Wegscheider, Hias Winkler
  Austria 17 Willi Egger, Fritz Gamweger, Max Golser, Walter Habersatter, Waldemar Heigenhauser, Ernst Kopp, Willi Köstinger, Sepp Lichtenegger, Horst Moser, Peter Müller, Georg Niederhammer, Baldur Preiml, Helmut Rauter, Herbert Schiffner, Willi Schuster, Rudi Schweinberger, Walter Steinegger
  Czechoslovakia 4 Josef Matouš, Dalibor Motejlek, Jiří Raška, Wladimir Tajner
  East Germany 7 Dieter Bockeloh, Veit Kührt, Peter Lesser, Helmut Recknagel, Johannes Riedel, Kurt Schramm, Wolfgang Schüller
  Finland 3 Niilo Halonen, Juhani Kärkinen, Pekka Yli-Niemi
  Hungary 4 László Csávás, János Horváth, Endre Kiss, Tamás Sudár
  Italy 3 Giacomo Aimoni, Agosto De Zordo, Bruno De Zordo
  Norway 4 Torgeir Brandtzæg, Jan Petter Devor, Toralf Engan, Torbjørn Yggeseth
  Poland 5 Gustaw Bujok, Andrzej Kocyan, Antoni Łaciak, Jan Pezda, Andrzej Sztolf
  Soviet Union 4 Aleksandr Ivannikov, Nikolay Kamenskiy, Nikolai Schamov, Koba Zakadze
  Sweden 3 Bengt Eriksson, Olle Martinsson, Rolf Strandberg
   Switzerland 3 Toni Cecchinato, Ueli Scheidegger, Heribert Schmid
  United States 5 John Balfanz, John Bower, Roger Dion, Paul Johnson, Ralph Semb
  Yugoslavia 4 Božo Jemc, Andrej Nahtigal, Miro Oman, Ludvik Zajc

ResultsEdit

OberstdorfEdit

  Schattenbergschanze, Oberstdorf
28 December 1962[1]

Rank Name Points
1   Toralf Engan 214.2
2   Max Bolkart 199.3
3   Torbjørn Yggeseth 194.8
4   Heini Ihle 193.6
5   Willi Egger 191.6
6   Georg Thoma 185.3
7   John Balfanz 182.7
8   Torgeir Brandtzæg 182.3
9   Niilo Halonen 181.3
10   Sepp Lichtenegger 180.5
  Juhani Kärkinen 180.5

InnsbruckEdit

  Bergiselschanze, Innsbruck
30 December 1962[2]

Rank Name Points
1   Toralf Engan 231.2
2   Helmut Recknagel 215.7
3   Georg Thoma 215.3
4   Torgeir Brandtzæg 214.9
5   Kurt Schramm 212.1
6   John Balfanz 211.1
7   Torbjørn Yggeseth 210.1
8   Max Bolkart 208.8
9   Heini Ihle 206.8
10   Aleksandr Ivannikov 205.4

Garmisch-PartenkirchenEdit

  Große Olympiaschanze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
01 January 1963[3]

Rank Name Points
1   Toralf Engan 229.9
2   Georg Thoma 217.3
3   Max Bolkart 216.9
4   Niilo Halonen 211.4
5   John Balfanz 209.9
6   Torbjørn Yggeseth 209.8
7   Pekka Yli-Niemi 207.4
8   Antoni Łaciak 206.5
9   Dalibor Motejlek 204.4
10   Torgeir Brandtzæg 204.0

BischofshofenEdit

  Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze, Bischofshofen
06 January 1963[4]

After three clear victories, there was little chance for Engan's opponents to catch up to him in the overall ranking.

Within ten years, Engan was the fourth athlete to compete in Bischofshofen after having won all three previous events. Like all of his predecessors in that regard, he did not manage to secure a fourth victory.

John Balfanz became the first non-European to finish on a podium at a Four Hills event.

Rank Name Points
1   Torbjørn Yggeseth 205.0
2   Torgeir Brandtzæg 199.5
3   John Balfanz 197.5
4   Toralf Engan 195.4
5   Max Bolkart 191.8
6   Baldur Preiml 188.4
7   Willi Egger 186.8
8   Giacomo Aimoni 186.6
9   Max Golser 185.6
10   Helmut Kurz 184.6

Final RankingEdit

Rank Name Oberstdorf Innsbruck Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bischofshofen Points
1   Toralf Engan 1st 1st 1st 4th 870.7
2   Torbjørn Yggeseth 3rd 7th 6th 1st 819.7
3   Max Bolkart 2nd 8th 3rd 5th 816.8
4   John Balfanz 7th 6th 5th 3rd 801.2
5   Torgeir Brandtzæg 8th 4th 10th 2nd 800.7
6   Georg Thoma 6th 3rd 2nd 15th 797.3
7   Antoni Łaciak 13th 19th 8th 13th 759.9
8   Willi Egger 5th 23rd 19th 7th 758.4
9   Pekka Yli-Niemi 25th 12th 7th 26th 747.0
10   Josef Matouš 15th 20th 12th 18th 742.3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oberstdorf (GER)". FIS.
  2. ^ "Innsbruck (AUT)". FIS.
  3. ^ "Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)". FIS.
  4. ^ "Bischofshofen (AUT)". FIS.

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