Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics

Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held February 5–13 near Sapporo, Japan. The downhills were held at Mount Eniwa, and the four technical events at Teine.[1][2]

Alpine skiing
at the XI Olympic Winter Games
Olympic rings with white rims.svg
VenueMount Eniwa (downhill) and Teine
Hokkaidō, Japan
DatesFebruary 5–13, 1972
No. of events6
Competitors144 from 27 nations
← 1968
1976 →
Sapporo  is located in Japan
Sapporo 
Sapporo 
Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics is located in Hokkaido
Sapporo
Sapporo
Teine
Teine
Mount Eniwa
Mount Eniwa

Medal summaryEdit

Six nations won medals in alpine skiing; Switzerland led in medals with three gold, two silver, and a bronze. Switzerland's Marie-Theres Nadig led the individual medal table, with two gold medals. The top men's medalist was Gustav Thöni of Italy with a gold and a silver.

The gold medal won in the slalom by Francisco Fernández Ochoa was Spain's first medal at the Winter Olympics. Through 2018, it remains its only gold medal at the Winter Games.

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Switzerland (SUI)3216
2  Italy (ITA)1113
3  United States (USA)1012
4  Spain (ESP)1001
5  Austria (AUT)0224
6  France (FRA)0112
Totals (6 nations)66618

Source:[1]

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Bernhard Russi
  Switzerland
1:51.43 Roland Collombin
  Switzerland
1:52.07 Heini Messner
  Austria
1:52.40
Giant slalom
details
Gustav Thöni
  Italy
3:09.62 Edy Bruggmann
  Switzerland
3:10.75 Werner Mattle
  Switzerland
3:10.99
Slalom
details
Francisco Fernández Ochoa
  Spain
1:49.27  Gustav Thöni
  Italy
1:50.28 Roland Thöni
  Italy
1:50.30

Source:[1]

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
Marie-Theres Nadig
  Switzerland
1:36.68 Annemarie Moser-Pröll
  Austria
1:37.00 Susan Corrock
  United States
1:37.68
Giant slalom
details
Marie-Theres Nadig
  Switzerland
1:29.90 Annemarie Moser-Pröll
  Austria
1:30.75 Wiltrud Drexel
  Austria
1:32.35
Slalom
details
Barbara Cochran
  United States
1:31.24 Danièle Debernard
  France
1:31.26 Florence Steurer
  France
1:32.69

Source:[1]

Course informationEdit

Date Race Start
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Mon 7-Feb  Downhill – men 1,126 m (3,694 ft)   354 m (1,161 ft)  772 m (2,533 ft)  2.636 km (1.638 mi) 29.3%
Sat 5-Feb  Downhill – women 870 m (2,854 ft)   336 m (1,102 ft)  534 m (1,752 ft)  2.108 km (1.310 mi) 25.3%
Wed 9-Feb  Giant Slalom – men (1st run) 952 m (3,123 ft)   550 m (1,804 ft)  402 m (1,319 ft)  1.075 km (0.668 mi) 37.4%
Thu 10-Feb  Giant Slalom – men (2nd run) 952 m (3,123 ft)   550 m (1,804 ft)  402 m (1,319 ft)  1.089 km (0.677 mi) 36.9%
Tue 8-Feb  Giant Slalom – women 982 m (3,222 ft)   625 m (2,051 ft)  357 m (1,171 ft)  1.232 km (0.766 mi) 29.0%
Sun 13-Feb  Slalom – men (2 runs) 795 m (2,608 ft)   567 m (1,860 ft)  228 m (748 ft)  0.531 km (0.330 mi) 42.9%
Fri 11-Feb  Slalom – women (2 runs) 751 m (2,464 ft)   567 m (1,860 ft)  184 m (604 ft)  0.449 km (0.279 mi) 34.3%

Source:[1]

Participating nationsEdit

Twenty-seven nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Sapporo. The Philippines and Chinese Taipei made their Olympic alpine skiing debuts. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1]

World championshipsEdit

From 1948 through 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988.[3]

CombinedEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The XI Olympic Winter Games Sapporo 1972" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympic Winter Games. LA84 Foundation. 1972. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Sci Alpino in cifre - La Combinata nei Campionati Mondiali" (in Italian). paolociraci.it. Retrieved 26 February 2021.

External linksEdit

  • FIS-Ski.com – results – 1972 Winter Olympics – Sapporo, Japan
  • FIS-Ski.com – results – 1972 World Championships – Sapporo, Japan