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Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill

The Men's downhill competition of the 1964 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria, was held at Patscherkofel on Thursday, 30 January.[1] The defending world champion was Karl Schranz of Austria,[2] and defending Olympic champion Jean Vuarnet of France had retired from competition.[3]

Men's downhill
at the IX Olympic Winter Games
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VenuePatscherkofel
Tyrol, Austria
Date30 January 1964
Competitors84 from 27 nations
Winning time2:18.16
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Egon Zimmermann  Austria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Léo Lacroix  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Wolfgang Bartels  United Team of Germany
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Men's Downhill
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LocationPatscherkofel
Vertical   867 m (2,844 ft)
Top elevation1,952 m (6,404 ft)  
Base elevation1,085 m (3,560 ft)

The race course had a number of casualties during training runs, including the death of Ross Milne of Australia.[4][5] This led to a label of "Course of Fear."[6] Zimmermann was favored by many to win the downhill and to the delight of the Austrian fans he won by 0.74 seconds.[6][7]

The starting gate was at an elevation of 1,952 m (6,404 ft), and the vertical drop was 867 m (2,844 ft).[1] The course length was 3.120 km (1.939 mi) and Zimmerman's winning run resulted in an average speed of 81.297 km/h (50.52 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 6.275 m/s (20.59 ft/s). Following the victory, Zimmerman was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the United States.[7]

A dozen years later in 1976, Franz Klammer raced on a slightly shorter course (by 100 metres (110 yards)) and shaved more than 32 seconds off of Zimmerman's time to famously win the Olympic downhill.[8]

ResultsEdit

Rank Name Country Time Difference
  Egon Zimmermann   Austria 2:18.16 -
  Léo Lacroix   France 2:18.90 +0.74
  Wolfgang Bartels   United Team of Germany 2:19.48 +1.32
4 Jos Minsch   Switzerland 2:19.54 +1.38
5 Luggi Leitner   United Team of Germany 2:19.67 +1.51
6 Guy Périllat   France 2:19.79 +1.63
7 Gerhard Nenning   Austria 2:19.98 +1.82
8 Willy Favre   Switzerland 2:20.23 +2.07
9 Willy Bogner   United Team of Germany 2:20.72 +2.56
10 Heini Messner   Austria 2:20.74 +2.58
11 Karl Schranz   Austria 2:20.98 +2.82
12 Fritz Wagnerberger   United Team of Germany 2:21.03 +2.87
13 Dumeng Giovanoli   Switzerland 2:21.16 +3.00
14 Ni Orsi Jr.   United States 2:21.59 +3.43
15 François Bonlieu   France 2:21.71 +3.55
16 Billy Kidd   United States 2:21.82 +3.66
17 Buddy Werner   United States 2:22.05 +3.89
18 Georg Grünenfelder   Switzerland 2:22.69 +4.53
19 Ivo Mahlknecht   Italy 2:22.72 +4.56
20 Chuck Ferries   United States 2:23.00 +4.84
21 Paride Milianti   Italy 2:23.01 +4.85
22 Raimo Manninen   Finland 2:23.94 +5.78
23 Bruno Alberti   Italy 2:25.30 +7.14
24 Jerzy Woyna Orlewicz   Poland 2:25.88 +7.72
25 Jean-Guy Brunet   Canada 2:26.59 +8.43
26 Ulf Ekstam   Finland 2:27.31 +9.15
27 Martino Fill   Italy 2:27.33 +9.17
28 Gary Battistella   Canada 2:27.74 +9.58
29 Peter Lakota   Yugoslavia 2:27.82 +9.66
30 Rod Hebron   Canada 2:27.90 +9.74
31 Bengt-Erik Grahn   Sweden 2:29.29 +11.13
32 Jon Terje Øverland   Norway 2:29.74 +11.58
33 Hajime Tomii   Japan 2:30.02 +11.86
34 Peter Duncan   Canada 2:30.06 +11.90
35 Luis Viu   Spain 2:30.35 +12.19
36 Vasily Melnikov   Soviet Union 2:30.83 +12.67
37 Olle Rolén   Sweden 2:31.14 +12.98
38 Arild Holm   Norway 2:31.32 +13.16
39 Radim Koloušek   Czechoslovakia 2:31.34 +13.18
40 Bronisław Trzebunia   Poland 2:32.29 +14.13
41 Juan Garriga   Spain 2:32.85 +14.69
42 Jean-Claude Killy   France 2:32.96 +14.80
43 Javier Masana   Spain 2:33.52 +15.36
44 John Rigby   Great Britain 2:34.32 +16.16
45 Yoshiharu Fukuhara   Japan 2:34.55 +16.39
46 Tsuneo Noto   Japan 2:34.76 +16.60
47 Tally Monastyryov   Soviet Union 2:35.27 +17.11
48 Hans-Walter Schädler   Liechtenstein 2:35.84 +17.68
49 Andrzej Dereziński   Poland 2:35.89 +17.73
50 Charles Westenholz   Great Britain 2:36.12 +17.96
51 Fric Detiček   Yugoslavia 2:36.54 +18.38
52 August Wolfinger   Liechtenstein 2:37.25 +19.09
53 Josef Gassner   Liechtenstein 2:37.38 +19.22
54 Valery Shein   Soviet Union 2:38.13 +19.97
55 Andrej Klinar   Yugoslavia 2:39.79 +21.63
56 Charles Palmer-Tomkinson   Great Britain 2:39.97 +21.81
57 Yoshihiro Ohira   Japan 2:40.82 +22.66
58 Hernán Boher   Chile 2:41.67 +23.51
59 Prince Karim Aga Khan   Iran 2:42.59 +24.43
60 Petar Angelov   Bulgaria 2:43.32 +25.16
61 Simon Brown   Australia 2:44.07 +25.91
62 Oto Pustoslemšek   Yugoslavia 2:44.77 +26.61
63 Muzaffer Demirhan   Turkey 2:45.63 +27.47
64 Pedro Klempa   Argentina 2:47.07 +28.91
65 Lotfollah Kia Shemshaki   Iran 2:50.70 +32.54
66 Fayzollah Band Ali   Iran 2:52.44 +34.28
67 Nazih Geagea   Lebanon 2:55.34 +37.18
68 Peter Wenzel   Australia 2:55.58 +37.42
69 Ovaness Meguerdonian   Iran 2:57.10 +38.94
70 Osman Yüce   Turkey 3:03.66 +45.50
71 Zeki Şamiloğlu   Turkey 3:05.71 +47.55
72 Abdurrahman Küçük   Turkey 3:09.99 +51.83
73 Konstantinos Karydas   Greece 3:10.09 +51.93
74 Jean Keyrouz   Lebanon 3:40.44 +82.28
75 Michel Rahme   Lebanon 3:55.15 +96.99
76 Jorge Abelardo Eiras   Argentina 4:34.51 +136.35
77 Juan Holz   Chile 4:51.18 +153.02
- Claudio Wernli   Chile DQ -
- Rune Lindström   Sweden DNF -
- Jeremy Bujakowski   India DNF -
- Lars Olsson   Sweden DNF -
- Jorge Rodríguez   Spain DNF -
- Jonathan Taylor   Great Britain DNF -
- Sami Beyroun   Lebanon DNF -

Source:[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Offizieller Bericht der IX. Olympischen Winterspiele Innsbruck 1964" (PDF). Austrian Federal Publishing House for Instruction, Science and Art, Vienna and Munich. LA84 Foundation. 1964. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "1962 World Championships results". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games: Men's Downhill". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Australian skier killed in Olympic drill". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. January 26, 1964. p. 41.
  5. ^ "Aussie's Milne dies of injuries". Bend (OR) Bulletin. UPI. January 25, 1964. p. 5.
  6. ^ a b Ress, Paul (January 27, 1964). "A fight for life by the home team". Sports Illustrated. p. 32. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (February 10, 1964). "Russian blades and fast French skis". Sports Illustrated. p. 14. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (16 February 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated. p. 10.